iCloud unveiled by Steve Jobs at WWDC
Apple’s taken a large step into cloud services today iCloud. Steve Jobs took the stage to tell us all why the old method of wired syncing doesn’t work for us and why Apple’s chucking MobileMe in the trash. MobileMe apps have been built from the ground up with iCloud. Basically, the new service stores your content and then pushes it to all of your Apple / iOS devices wirelessly. Simply, email, calendar and contacts are now synced through “the iCloud.” And since MobileMe is no more, all three of these services are now free. Yes, free!!!!!!!!!!
These aren’t the only apps that work with iCloud service. Apps, iBooks, Documents (Pages, Keynote, Numbers), iTunes, and Photos will work as well. The first three are simple: you can access your apps, books, and documents across devices without ever manually syncing them through iTunes. In many cases, the files will appear and you will be able to choose if you want to download them.With Photos, Apple’s added a feature called PhotoStream to various photo apps, including iPhoto, that lets you view pictures from your various devices. Apple will store the last 1,000 photos for 30 days on its own servers.
iTunes now will not only syncs all your tracks across devices, but also includes a new service called iTunes Match that will let you listen to all your songs through a web portal. Apple will have a BackUp service, which will automatically backup music, apps, pictures, and books once a day, though it looks like it will only work over WiFi, thank you!, if my iPad synced over £G my allowance would be gone in a few minutes.
All of the services, apart from iTunes Match are free, and Apple will be giving consumers 5GB of space for Mail, (not quite the 7GB of Gmail, Documents, and Backup not including apps, photos, or books. It be available today to developers in iOS 4.3 beta and to the rest of us in Autumn with iOS 5.