Today marks the release of iOS 5 as well as the release of the iPhone 4S. In short there isn't huge to mention about the 4S other than its snappier, has a much much better camera and now includes the Siri - which, for simplicity sake is essentially a supercharged version of Dragon Dictation for the iPhone.
But also, and I think more importantly is the fact that iCloud is released to the world. iCloud should enable syncing and managing multiple devices a lot lot easier - over wifi instead of being tied to a machine. This is great news but with this comes with a slight sting in the tale. Up until today a school or Local Authortity could buy as many devices as they liked, 100's for example, and place the same software under the same account on all 100 devices. Apple has now changed its Terms & Conditions to allow a maximum of 10 devices to use an account.
While on this subject its worth delving into some concerns that I've heard from traditional IT managers concerned that you can't have one app on any more than one device. The concern is that in the old software world there was in general two licences; a site (for a set number of machines) or a individual licence. The worry is that the one-purchase, multiple-device thing breaches some deep buried software agreement with Apple and a school is breaking the law. Now Apple's stance on this can change, as is proven today, so to see the most up-to-date Terms & Conditions see here.
Here are the most crucial bits though that I think are worth highlighting from a schools perspective (NB: This is the UK Terms & Conditions):
"This Service is available for individuals aged 13 years or older. If you are 13 or older but under the age of 18, you should review this Agreement with your parent or guardian to make sure that you and your parent or guardian understand it.
The Service is available to you only in the United Kingdom. You agree not to use or attempt to use the Service from outside this location. iTunes may use technologies to verify your compliance."
"As a registered user of the Service, you may establish an account ("Account"). Don’t reveal your Account information to anyone else. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your Account and for all activities that occur on or through your Account, and you agree to immediately notify iTunes of any security breach of your Account. iTunes shall not be responsible for any losses arising out of the unauthorised use of your Account.
In order to purchase and download iTunes Products from the Service, you must enter your Apple ID and password to authenticate your Account. Once you have authenticated your Account, you will not need to authenticate again for fifteen minutes. During this time, you will be able to purchase and download iTunes Products without re-entering your password. You can turn off the ability to make iTunes Product purchases by adjusting the settings on your computer or iOS Device. For more information, please see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1904 or http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213."
"s an accommodation to you, subsequent to acquiring Auto-Delivery Content (“iTunes Eligible Content”), you may download certain of such previously-purchased iTunes Eligible Content onto any Associated Device. Some iTunes Eligible Content that you previously purchased may not be available for subsequent download at any given time, and iTunes shall have no liability to you in such event. As you may not be able to subsequently download certain previously-purchased iTunes Eligible Content, once you download an item of iTunes Eligible Content, it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage it, and you may want to back it up.
Association of Associated Devices is subject to the following terms:
(i)You may auto-download iTunes Auto-Delivery Content or download previously-purchased iTunes Eligible Content from an Account on up to 10 Associated Devices, provided no more than 5 are iTunes-authorized computers.
(ii) An Associated Device can be associated with only one Account at any given time.
(iii) You may switch an Associated Device to a different Account only once every 90 days.
(iv) You may download previously-purchased free content onto an unlimited number of devices while it is free on the iTunes Service, but on no more than 5 iTunes-authorized computers.
An Apple TV is not an “Associated Device.” "
(i) You shall be authorised to use iTunes Products only for personal, noncommercial use. For details of your rights and restrictions on your rights to use the iTunes Products, see:
(ii) You shall be authorised to use iTunes Products on five computers with the iTunes application installed at any time, except for Film Rentals (see below).
(iii) You shall be able to store iTunes Products from up to five different Accounts at a time on compatible devices, such as an iPad, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV, provided that each iPhone may sync tone iTunes Products with only a single iTunes-authorised device at a time, and syncing an iPhone with a different iTunes-authorised device will cause tone iTunes Products stored on that iPhone to be erased.
(iv) You shall be authorised to burn an audio playlist up to seven times. You may use the audio CD to which you have burned your iTunes Products in the same ways in which you may use an audio CD purchased from a retail store, subject to United Kingdom copyright laws.
(v) You shall not be entitled to burn video iTunes Products or tone iTunes Products other than for backup purposes, which video iTunes Product backups will play via the iTunes application.
(vi) iTunes Plus Products do not contain security technology that limits your usage of such iTunes Products, and Usage Rules (ii) – (v) do not apply to iTunes Plus Products. You may copy, store, and burn iTunes Plus Products as reasonably necessary for personal, noncommercial use.
(vii) You shall be able to manually sync a film from at least one iTunes-authorised device to devices that have manual sync mode, provided that the film is associated with an Account on the primary iTunes-authorised device, where the primary iTunes-authorised device is the one that was first synced with the device or the one that you subsequently designate as primary using the iTunes application.
(viii) An HDCP connection is required to view films and TV shows transmitted over HDMI.
(ix) Film Rentals
(a) Film rentals are viewable on only one device at a time. You must be connected to the Service when moving film rentals, and you may do so only between your computer and other compatible devices. Films rented using your Apple TV or iPad, iPhone 4 or iPod touch may not be moved. If you move a film to a compatible device and then use the Service to restore that device, or choose Settings > Reset > Erase all content and settings on that device, the film will be permanently deleted.
(b) You have thirty (30) days after downloading a film to begin viewing. Once you begin viewing, you have forty-eight (48) hours to finish viewing the film. Stopping, pausing, or restarting a film does not extend the available time for viewing.
Some iTunes Products, including but not limited to Film rentals, may be downloaded only once and cannot be replaced if lost for any reason; it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage iTunes Products once downloaded, and to back them up.
The delivery of iTunes Products does not transfer to you any commercial or promotional use rights in the iTunes Products. Any burning or exporting capabilities are solely an accommodation to you and shall not constitute a grant, waiver, or other limitation of any rights of the copyright owners in any content embodied in any iTunes Product.
You acknowledge that some aspects of the Service, iTunes Products, and administration of the Usage Rules entails the ongoing involvement of iTunes.
You agree not to violate, circumvent, reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise tamper with any element of the Security Framework—or to attempt or assist another person to do so. Notwithstanding any other provisions, you are allowed to burn audio iTunes Products to CD, within the limits of the Usage Rules. The Usage Rules may be controlled and monitored by iTunes for compliance purposes, and iTunes reserves the right to enforce the Usage Rules without notice to you."