Macworld Masterclass: Set up iOS 5 without a PC or Mac

Setting up an iDevice is no longer a tedious task with iOS 5

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  • anno Intro
  • IMG 0002 Step 1: Choose a language
  • IMG 0004 Step 2: Location services
  • IMG 0005 Step 3: Connect to Wi-Fi
  • IMG 0007 Step 4: Additional setup options
  • IMG 0008 Step 5: Sign in
  • IMG 0010 Step 6: Finish the setup
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Intro

The days of having to connect your shiny new iOS device to a computer before you can actually use it are finally over. iOS 5 allows you to set up your device as soon as you get your hands on it. With iOS 4 and earlier, you had to connect your devices to iTunes to activate them, but now you can get up and running in double-quick time. Here’s how to finally cut the cord and set your mobile device free.

Vital Info

Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 5

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The days of having to connect your shiny new iOS device to a computer before you can actually use it are finally over. iOS 5 allows you to set up your device as soon as you get your hands on it. With iOS 4 and earlier, you had to connect your devices to iTunes to activate them, but now you can get up and running in double-quick time. Here’s how to finally cut the cord and set your mobile device free.

Vital Info

Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 5

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Choose a language

In earlier iOS setups, the main language was determined at the time your device was first connected to iTunes. With iOS 5, when you ‘slide to set up’ your iOS device (see iPad image, opposite page), you’re asked what your main language is. As you can see here, Apple gives you a multitude to choose from.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Location services

Location Services is how applications like Maps determine your location. During the setup of an iOS 5 device, you’re prompted to choose whether or not you’d like to enable this. Apple has removed the need for a push notification to appear for each and every application that needs to use your location.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Connect to Wi-Fi

In iOS 5, Apple has eliminated the need for you to go into System Preferences and connect to a Wi-Fi network. Instead, Apple uses the device’s built-in Wi-Fi to display available networks and allows you to immediately connect, which means you can browse the web as soon as you’ve set your device up.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Additional setup options

Instead of having to connect to iTunes to use your iOS device, Apple gives you the option to start afresh and set up a completely new device, as well as restore from a previous backup using either iTunes or iCloud. This means you can restore your device without connecting to a computer.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Sign in

Apple has finally made it easier for you to sign in with your Apple ID. In this case, we signed in with a MobileMe account and the device instantaneously asked us what we wanted to sync with our device.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Finish the setup

The final step is simply to press the Start Using iPad (or iPhone) button. With this new feature, Apple gives you the ability to completely disregard your computer when setting up a new device. This is great news if you don’t have a computer or just want to activate your device immediately.

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