Modern technology has a way of ALWAYS making you feel slightly left behind, unless your business plan affords you the ability to upgrade your tools once every 6 months. But, I have found that since I became a FAITHFUL updater (I update my browser software, my operating systems, my software, my phone as often as allowed) I can at least find surprises and new life in my aging devices.
The original Apple iPad was introduced January 27, 2010. And it already feels a bit like a Edsel sitting next to a Lexus when held in comparison to the thinner, more powerful iPad 2. Apple, no doubt manufactures this kind of rotating feeling of inadequacy to keep you buying their latest and greatest. But, a couple of simple upgrades have my antique First Genny feeling like almost new.
Apple’s IOS 5 upgrade was released earlier this month and it brought with it almost 200 new features to the aging operating system (aging – geesh – that’s worse than dog years!) including a few of my new favorite iPad tools like a pull down notification center, split keyboard capability, a newly designed Music application, free text messaging to all other IOS devices and a true Reminders application. Integration with Apple’s new iCloud (online storage and syncing) was finally introduced. And, as they say, much, much more. If you haven’t already, run this update. Just hook up your iPad to your computer, click on the iPad icon in iTunes and hit the upgrade button.
Apple does a good job of providing tutorials regarding their newest features. And if you’re lucky enough to be a Sentry-card carrying member of PAAR, I’ll be training both beginning and advanced classes on the new features in November.
I also discovered another, slightly more covert, upgrade that can make your iPad feel even closer to being brand new. The hack gives you access to the multi-swipe gestures and display mirroring, only pushed to the iPad 2 in the latest upgrade but available to us iPad 1 folks, thanks to a bit of hocus pocus.