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iOS 5.01 Upgrade Available Now

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Battery life issues be gone. We hope. Apple has just released the first upgrade to iOS 5, taking it to iOS 5.01.  This can be done via OTA (Over the air) or you can connect to iTunes and do a 'Check for updates'.  While battery life is key, I'm kind of excited that they decided to add the multi-tasking gestures to the original iPad. Thanks Apple.

To force your iOS device to do an over the air, connect it to power and then go to System Settings -> General -> Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

• Fixes bugs affecting battery life
• Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
• Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
• Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Products compatible with this software update:

• iPhone 4S
• iPhone 4
• iPhone 3GS
• iPad 2
• iPad
• iPod touch (4th generation)
• iPod touch (3rd generation)

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iCloud Syncing with Multiple Users on a Mac

Trying to setup iCloud for multiple user of the same iTunes account is a pain in the rear. Apple does a lot of things *RIGHT*, but this one has been quite annoying trying to figure out how to sync multiple users together.

Here is what I want to do:

We currently use one common Apple ID for all of our iTunes purchases, and that enables us to buy it once, and it's available on all iOS devices (iPad, 2 iPhones, 1 Mac).

I read an article by Lex Friedman @ Macworld that says you should setup iCloud accounts for each member of the family. This will get them their own @me email address, 5GB of free backup storage, a good @me email for using iMessage, and more. The CAVEAT is if you are trying to do this with only *ONE* Mac.

Apple allows you to sync only one iCloud account for all users of one Mac. So, for example, I can't have my wife's iCloud setup to sync bookmarks, addresses, etc without having it sync to all of the accounts on the Mac. Apparently, iCloud is global for all users of any individual Mac. How short sighted this is. Many families SHARE a computer and each have individual needs that this system simply won't address.

So, what can I do?

A) Create iCloud accounts for me and my wife, only for our iOS devices, and leave the Mac out of the loop.

B) Choose one of the iCloud accounts to use as a master account and deal with having our address book the same for both of our phones and Mac user accounts. Not ideal. She doesn't want my work contacts, and I certainly don't want her hers. We definitely don't want to share Bookmarks.

C) Forget about using iCloud on the Mac altogether, and then at least what we create on our iPhones will be our own set of individual information that won't clutter up our Mac accounts with unnecessary information. But, then we can't use Photostream.  You can select individual things to sync to the Mac, but still the Photostream would have to be to one specific iCloud account. With this being the case, if my wife takes a picture on her phone, it will show up in the Photostream. If I take one on my iPhone, it won't since it's not associated with my Mac.

Perhaps I am over thinking this, so if anyone has some suggestions for what I am trying to accomplish, please - by all means, drop me a note in the comments.

Apple needs to streamline this a little better so that it works within a family. It's the right thing to do.

 

iOS 5 Upgrade Guides & Reviews

If you've been under a rock, you may not know that today was the launch day for iOS 5 and the associated applications that go along with it.

Luckily, my upgrade process was quite uneventful and I had no issues, unlike some people on the net. By this evening, Apple's servers were taking a beating and people couldn't complete their iOS activations, which is required to authenticate your device through Apple. The usual amount of Apple dissing was going on, but I'm sure there are millions of people constantly hitting refresh trying to download gigabytes of downloads, so can you really blame Apple? Nah.

Frankly, I think apple should have staggered it a little bit more. At LEAST they put out the latest iTunes 10.5 yesterday, which is required for iOS 5.

If you want to use iClouds abilities on your Mac, you need Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion to take advantage of that. Sadly, my first gen Intel iMac was deprecated and won't run Lion, so I've downgraded it to my iTunes server (sniff, sniff).

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If you want to get in on the fun, and haven't done so yet, I recommend you read some good stuff from around the net before you jump in with both feet.

Courtesy of a post at GDGT, and if you need a direct download to the firmware files (Choose Wisely, young Padawan) you can find them in the comments section. They are direct from Apple, so they are safe.

At the end of the month Apple will release the iTunes Match - a service that will take all of your music and replace it with high quality AAC files. My wife calls it laundering your music. It's a $24.95 a year service, but seems like a good value to have your music in the cloud.

 

Now, get to upgrading.. And Good luck!!

 

It's an iPhone 4S - not an iPhone 5

No iPhone 5 this year It's an iPhone 4S. Nothing radically different. Faster processor, Siri Assistant, Dictation, Amazing camera, a new Card app. No LTE - but with the integration of iOS 5 and other iOS devices, i think that trumps LTE speeds, unless you are a Verizon user.

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