iOS 5 was unveiled to the world on June 6, 2011 and officially became available a few months later, on October 12 and, in my opinion, was one of the best iOS iterations to date. Some of the most notable features of the software include Notifications Center, Newsstand, and iMessage. Though, one thing that I was hesitant about was the PC Free feature.
For those that don’t know, PC Free basically means that it’s possible to activate, set up, use, backup and update your iOS 5 device without ever plugging it into a computer. This is certainly a cool concept, but I prefer to have a computer involved partially because it’s a more secure method to backup the device and partially out of habit. Though, I must admit that I’ve noticed that I plug my iOS devices into iTunes on my computer far less frequently than I did before iOS 5.
And I’m not the only one. My roommate and I were discussing this and he let me know that he hasn’t actually plugged his iPad into a computer in months. Between the OTA software updates (although there haven’t been too many), app updates and iCloud, it’s totally possible to go months or even years without ever having a device interact with a desktop iTunes client.
So I’m wondering how many of you have noticed a similar trend. Have you cut the cord and gone totally PC Free, utilizing all of Apple’s cloud-based solutions for storage and backup services, or do you stick to the tried and true white USB cord and iTunes on your computer? Or maybe, like me, you find yourself somewhere in between. I’m very interested to see where TiP readers stand on this topic, especially since we haven’t heard much about it since the initial iOS 5 buzz died down.
Let me know your thoughts on the whole PC Free concept in the comments section below or on twitter!