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What’s new in iCloud

2 August 2011 1,346 views No Comment

Apple has begun a closed, developer-only iCloud.com beta. Although the service is best known for its iTunes tie ins, ultimately iCloud is much more and is shaping up to be a MobileMe replacement. What’s it all about? Come inside for the details.

iCloud borrows much from both the Mac and iOS worlds. Specifically, icons have been brought over from the iPhone and the look a feel of Calendar and AddressBook were lifted from the Mac.

Another important takeaway is that iWork will apparently be getting a major overhaul as its gets a new tricolor logo and there appear to be strong online tie ins and services. However, the above video doesn’t go into detail.

Something everyone can love is the fact that iCloud is free, though Apple’s storage add-on pricing is still silly high:

Apple Online Store• 5GB storage, free
• +10GB storage, $20 per year
• +20GB storage, $40
• +50GB storage, $100

That said, Apple is saying that purchased music, apps, books, Photo Stream, etc. data doesn’t count against a user’s 5GB locker.

And, in case you’ve been living under a rock, whether we’re talking about music, calendar, address, files, etc., iCloud is about keeping your stuff synced across your Macs, idevices and even those awful, nasty Windows thingies.

iCloud is expected to launch with iOS 5 this Fall.

via MacRumors

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