Apple has announced iCloud. What are the features in iCloud, for users of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad?
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What’s iCloud? iCloud is this wonderful new system Apple is bringing to you to synchronize your stuff.
We don’t know exactly what iCloud is because it’s not here yet, they haven’t rolled it out yet. But here’s what we do know about it.
Applications will have to be specially developed to use iCloud. All of Apple’s new applications in their new operating system, Mac OS 10.7 Lion, are designed to use iCloud. And so are all the applications on iOS5, which is the forthcoming version of their mobile operating system for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches.
What’s going to happen is, when you use an iCloud-enabled product such as Apple Pages–
What is Pages? Pages is Apple’s word-processing program that is part of the iWorks suite.
When you save something in Pages, it will get saved onto iCloud automatically; iCloud is free. Then when you pop open your iPad, you’ll be able to see right where you left off when you open Pages for iPad. It’s going to synchronize documents and data automatically so you can basically pick up where you left off on any iCloud-enabled device.
You will not be able to freely store whatever files you want in it, so it will not behave like iDisk in MobileMe. It will offer calendar and contacts synchronization, which MobileMe also offered, and it will also store photos and music.
With iTunes you’ll be able to upload your whole library. If you don’t want to spend the length of time that will take, if you have a very large library, for $25 a year you will be able to have Apple automatically figure out what’s in your library and then just let you access their copies of it, as though you had uploaded it yourself.
That’s iCloud, we’ll know more when it ships.