In another step toward killing the PC, Apple’s iOS 5 now allows users to set up the company’s own Time Capsule and Airport hardware, according to an AppleInsider reader.

Until now, setting up either of Apple’s networking solutions required a PC, but once iOS 5 is released later this year, users will be able to get online with nothing more than an iPod touch…

The discovery was made by an iDB reader who tried to set up his Time Capsule using an iPhone. What he discovered was a selection of new screens, prompting him for new passwords, and guiding him through the entire set up process.

Users are given the option of creating a new network, or adding the hardware to an existing one right from the iOS device’s screen. No physical connection needed.

This is just part of Apple’s mission to make the iOS experience as PC-free as possible. Along with the new Airport/Time Capsule setup, iOS 5 also negates the need for a PC in order to get a brand new iDevice up and running. Currently, new devices require a sync with iTunes in order to activate them, but once iOS 5 is in the wild, that will be a thing of the past.

Other features of iOS 5 include the iCloud, which will remove the need for a PC to be used for backing up iDevices— with such necessities being handled by Apple’s servers.

It’s a good thing Apple’s computers are so damn sexy, because they seem intent on doing away with them as soon as possible!

  • ChSchuldiner

    Very Nice.

  • Been hoping for this for a while now.

    • Dane

      You dont need to hook up your phone to iTunes before using it. Whoever said that is dumb. Before I left the att store w mine I was already getting texts and emails. I know the same goes for gf who got hers in April and didn’t hook it up to a pc until I did a backup for her before using jailbreakme.

      And I love how you keep saying pc free when theyre just as much cutting out the dependencie on macs

      • I’m not sure if you ready the article correctly, but this is saying that you don’t need a Mac or pc with the airport utility to set up an airport or time capsule, which is currently the only way to set them up. It’s not about activating an iPhone.

  • I think Apple is too cleaver not to kill their PC market….

    Think a Mac Book Air that is more like an iPad with an attached keyboard.

    Next, think strategy….

    What better way to kill / damage the Windows PC market than to make all iPhones / iPods and iPads not need a PC, but can have “special” connections and features with ONLY a Mac PC???

    Do you see the competative strategy?

    Steve was forced to accomodate the Windows PC world for the iPod (way back when) because the demand was overwhelming and the $$$ opportunity was too good. But, NEVER think the grudge match between the two has not been forgotten.

    Today Apple has the upper hand! Recent reports show the enourmous strength of Apple Corp. 2nd largest company in the world. Now has more cash on hand than even the US Gov. Steve is positioning to leave Microsoft in the DUST!!!

    – Eric