The iPhone 4S actually does have some killer new features. The 2011 iPod refresh, on the other hand, is just that-- a refresh. But sometimes good enough is plenty good enough. Though the newest iPods lack any whiz-bang new features, they’re still the best music players out there. You could buy a no-name MP3 player, or a Zune (oh right, not anymore!)-- but why would you?
What's that? You don't know what to do with all of those gigabytes that Apple gives you? Sure, it's only 5GB of free space (Although who are we kidding? We go nuts over 2GB!). But the iCloud back up service makes it so that you don’t have to connect your device to iTunes in order to keep things synced. We’ll show you how easy it can be to live cord-free with iOS 5.
I have a confession to make: my first mp3 player was not an iPod, but rather a 256MB Creative Muvo TX FM--it had FM radio! I eventually graduated to a 40GB Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman. The hardware was great and the player lasted me a few years, but it was an absolute nightmare to get music to sync up with it because of Sony's inability to make proper software. Frustrated, I ditched it for a 60GB Creative Labs Zen Vision: M.
Then came the realization that I was doing it wrong. On my first day on the job here at Mac|Life, Reviews Editor Ray Aguilera made the comment that my mp3 player looked like a garage door opener. When I could no longer get the software to sync music to my device, I threw my hands up in the air, drove out to the Apple Store, and finally succumbed to a 32GB third-generation iPod touch. I haven't looked back since. The touch is my portable gaming and music-listening device, and I also have a hand-me-down 8GB nano that resides in my car. I'm eventually planning on upgrading to one of the recent generations of the touch, especially now that I'm starting to see some slow downs with the recent iOS 5 upgrade.
So, yes, I just took you a walk down memory lane. But what I'm trying to say is this: the iPod is it. It's the portable music playback device that to has done it right from the get-go, much like how the original Sony Walkman and Discman set the precedent before. While I don't exactly have any cake or candles to celebrate the iPod's 10th birthday, I do have some free apps for you for hanging out with your iPod. Give it some love today. Remember that before the iPhone and the iPad, before iOS was even conceived, there was the click-wheel to rule them all.
iMessage is Apple’s new messaging service that is a combination of both MMS messaging and instant messaging, with the added bonus of sending other iOS 5 users messages at absolute no cost. The service is similar to FaceTime, and that it's free and you can set up an email address to use with the service instead of giving out your phone number. Read on for how to properly set up the service in iOS and a few tips for getting the most out of this free utility.
With all of the new features now available in Safari for iOS 5, there's almost no other reason to call upon third-party mobile browsers. Here's a look at four new features Apple bundled into Safari in iOS 5, and how you can take full advantage of them.
iOS 5 now has full Twitter integration, which may or may not become a time consuming bad habit. Regardless, iOS 5 lets you sign in to your Twitter account once and enable you to tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps. It'll also let you update your contacts with Twitter usernames and profile pictures. We’ll show you how easy it is to set up and use Twitter in iOS 5.
Since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, iCal users have been begging for a simpler way to sync their to-do lists from iCal to their devices. It has been a little more than four years, but Apple has finally implemented a better system natively into iOS.
Reminders is an application that lets you see to-do items from iCal, Outlook, and it can even sync your lists with iCloud. To-do items can be set with due dates and even locations. Location-based reminders will send you an alert whenever you are near the destination that the item is associated with. Read on to find out how to use this helpful new app.
After installing iOS 5, you’ll notice that the entire push notification system has changed. Instead of only displaying one notification at a time, you are able to get multiple, unobtrusive notifications. We’ll walk you through the Notification Center and get you working with the new push notifications in no time.
Following an introduction by CEO Tim Cook and the announcement of iOS 5 arriving on October 12 from Scott Forstall, Eddy Cue took the stage to chat up iCloud prior to Phil Schiller’s introduction of all things iPod related.