Reminders in iOS 5

One of the features that came with the iOS5 upgrade was Reminders. At first glance you may not think much of it, but under the hood it is quite powerful. When you first open Reminders you see a default list named Reminders, if you want to rename it, hit the edit button above the list section, and then tap on the name and rename it. If you want to make a new list again hit the edit button and then create a new list.

Once you have named your list, it is now time to add an entry. To do this either tap on the list and then either hit the + button or tap on a blank line on the list and name the entry. Then hit the arrow and fill in the information. Under Remind Me you have the choice of setting a reminder by date or location. Setting by date is pretty self-explanatory. Under location you can either set the reminder for your present location or a specific address. In order to set a reminder for a specific address, that address must be in your address book. If you choose current location, you can choose to be reminded when you leave or arrive at the location. The location reminder is only available on a 3G enabled devices, and you must have location services enabled under Settings. You can set a priority at low, medium or high. You can also set an event to repeat daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or yearly. You can change the list the entry is on. Finally, you can also add a note. You also have the option of viewing entries by date. If you choose the date option at the bottom of the screen you can either arrow to the date or just click on it. At the top right hand corner there is a calendar icon. Click on that and you have monthly calendar, if you type an entry into the search bar it will give you the date of the entry. You can also search for an entry on the list section, which will tell you the list the entry is on. You can swipe from one list to another.

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All entries will sync immediately to your other iOS devices and your iCal. If you don’t see the Reminders on your iCal go to the Menu bar, View and then hit Show Reminders. You will then see the Reminders on the right hand side of the Calendar. You can also view reminders by signing onto your iCloud account online.

There are a couple of things that are either missing in Reminders that prevent me from giving it a five-star rating. The first is there is no way to share a list with someone who is not on the account. The second is if you do share an account there is no way to make a list or entry private. The final problem is the fact that in order to use the location reminder the address of the location must be in your address book. Despite these problems I suspect the Reminder application is going to replace the to do application I am using presently.

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Will iMessage Hurt Wireless Carriers

iMessageOne of the features that is coming with iOs 5 is iMessage. iMessage will allow you to share text messages, photos, videos, locations and contacts with other iOS 5 users.  All messages sent or received are encrypted. Any message that is shared between two iOS 5 devices will be free of charge. iMessage can be either single or group messaging and will include notifications. Google is working on similar systems for Android devices. Plus Microsoft is developing it’s own instant messaging system for the Windows Phone 7 platform.

This is sending shock waves through the wireless carriers business market. Right now it can cost a customer up to 20¢ to both send and receive a text message. Approximately two trillion text messages are sent in the U.S. each year. Which translates into 20 billion dollars in revenue for the wireless carriers in the U.S. Since text messages are sent on the same network as voice calls there is little if any overhead cost for the carriers. It is estimated that a single text message cost the wireless carriers a third of a penny which means they have a markup of up to 4,090 percent according to some experts.

At first glance iMessage would appear to be bad news for the wireless carrier, however these messages are free only if they are sent from and to another iOS 5 device. Which means if you send a lot of messages to non iOs users and are on a bulk plan with your wireless carrier you are probably better off keeping that plan, then paying by messages. If however most of the people you text use iOs 5 devices, it might make sense to go with a pay by message plan with your wireless carrier. The wireless carriers are betting that for most people paying for the bulk plan will still make more sense. They don’t care if you are using the service or not as long as you are paying them for it. The biggest fear for the wireless carriers is someday a third-party app will come along that will connect people not only using different messaging plans but across all major platforms, iOS 5,  Android, and Windows. When this happens the wireless carriers will lose a major revenue stream, but for now they appear to have little to fear from iMessage.

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