Apple Finally Cuts The Cord With PC Free And Wi-Fi Sync Features In iOS 5; We’re Finally Ushering In The Post-PC Era

iOS 5

Apple has finally cut the cord with iOS 5 and iCloud, which were unveiled at yesterday’s WWDC 2011 Keynote.

After upgrading to iOS 5, you will no longer need to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a computer to activate the iOS device or download iOS software updates or backup application data.

Apple is calling this new feature PC Free, which will finally usher us into the Post PC world. Apple has managed to cut the cord thanks to the following features:

  • Activation can be done on the iOS device itself, so when you buy a new iOS device, you will get a “Welcome message” instead of “Connect to iTunes”.
  • iOS software updates can be downloaded over-the-air (OTA). The iOS software updates will be delta updates, so instead of downloading the entire OS, you just download what has changed.
  • Photos, music, contacts, calendars and other application data will be backed up in iCloud, so all you will need to do is to enter your Apple ID and password to restored the iCloud backup.
  • The new Wi-Fi Sync feature will sync and backup content such as movies, TV shows, home videos, and photo albums from your iOS device to your Mac or PC whenever its using the same Wi-Fi connection and the iOS device is connected to a power source.
  • Apple also believes that other new features in iOS 5 will remove the dependency on the computer.

You can checkout the video that shows the PC free setup of iOS 5 with iCloud:

It has been one of the most requested features and got the loudest cheer at the WWDC 2011 Keynote event. It always seemed odd that a tablet like the iPad had to connect to a computer.

PC Free and Wi-Fi Sync are our favorite features of iOS 5. We’re finally ushering in the post-PC era. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

You can also checkout other new features introduced in iOS 5: