Another one of iOS 5 features is Reminders. It like using Post-it to setup self reminders and task lists on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. It keeps them synced up through iCloud so you don’t miss any more appointments or meetings. It’s one of the newest iOS 5 features for the Mac and iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
iOS 5 Features: Reminders
Reminders keeps all your reminders synced to all your iOS devices so all you have to do is glance at the Reminders icon to see a list of tasks. You can check them off as you do them, plus use the completed column as you finish all the tasks. It’s has an automatic list that it creates to show your completed tasks that you haven’t deleted. Just in case you want to remember what you did that day.
This is an excellent new iOS 5 features for keeping track of things you need to do. A small tap and you can create a new list or see the list you are working on. The iCloud keeps everything for you so you don’t have to worry about transferring from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or to any of your Apple devices.
All you have to do is type in a name for the task and input details. It’s easy to do. Just tap on the “Remind Me” button and it will ask you what you want a reminder for such as a day or location. When you choose a day, Reminders brings up a dialog box to choose a date and time for the reminder or an alert. The location button gives you a list of locations such as work, home address, or your current location. You choose what location. Easy!
The one disadvantage of this new iOS 5 feature is you can’t setup a new location because Reminders pulls from your current contact list only. If you want a reminder of a location that’s not in your contact list you can’t set it up. You have to create a contact first to use a new location. This is an iOS 5 feature that hopefully will be changes soon, otherwise why have a reminder for locations? We’ll be waiting for this change, in the mean time you’ll just have to deal with it by adding a new location through your contact list.
You can choose to set the duration for every day, week or even yearly. There’s a place in the details for adding notes or the priority of the task. You can see them (the list) by date or by lists. The date list looks like a calendar with list of “come due” on them. A little tap you can see your list of things to do on that date.
This is one iOS 5 feature that is great to work with but Reminders only works in portrait on the iPhone and iPod while on the iPad you can go between portrait and landscape with ease. The best part of Reminders on the new iOS 5 features is the use of iCloud.
By the time you setup a task on your iPhone and put it down and pick up your iPad, the task is already in Reminders. Its use of iCloud makes it indispensable, especially for work. You can use your work iPhone and your personal iPhone and still have all your reminders for the day. Plus, it will sync up to your Mac as well. Even if you don’t have Reminders on your Mac.
With this new iOS 5 feature you can easily add Reminders through iCal. Plus, it will show up on all your Apple devices. You can also add Reminders through iCal and create a shortcut using Command-K. Using iCloud, all you have to do is sign on to your account at iCloud.com and you can access all your reminder lists. Even through a Windows computer but you’ll need Vista or Windows 7 to access your contacts and calendars.
Reminder integrates through SIRI, the new voice in iOS 5 features. Siri will tell you when you need to do a task. You can even ask Siri to remind you of a task you have to do or for a location from the list. How cool is that?
Reminder is a one of the greatest iOS 5 features you can look forward to when you upgrade to iOS 5. It’s a powerful application with its integration with iCloud so you can access your tasks anywhere in the world.
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