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Move over RIM, iOS 5 and iCloud just took the market

Tony Bradley, PCWorld | June 8, 2011
Apple pulled back the curtain on day one of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to share details of the upcoming iOS 5 update and new iCloud service. If they deliver as promised, iOS 5 and iCloud will change mobile computing, and replace RIM as the de facto mobile platform for business.

Those are just a few of the features of iOS 5 that will change the way businesses use the iPhone and iPad. Now, let’s look at what iCloud brings to the table.

Keeping files, e-mails, contacts, and calendars in sync across devices is easier said than done. If you update a calendar event on your iPhone, you might need to sync your iPhone to your PC, then the iPad to the PC just to get all of the devices on the same page. If you use Linux, there is no native iTunes client and syncing the iPhone with the data on the PC at all is a monumental challenge.

iCloud changes all of that. iCloud will sync your contacts, calendar, and mail between you iOS devices and your PC (although—Linux will probably still not be supported), and iCloud will also seamlessly back up your apps and data.

Of course, this is based on what Apple announced, and we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out in real life. Apple told us MobileMe was going to be revolutionary too, and that didn’t turn out so well, and there could be some security concerns to consider with having all of this data flying around. But, the combination of the new and improved features of iOS 5, and the automatic syncing and backups with iCloud make iOS the platform to beat for mobile business productivity.


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