Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A summary of iCloud

At WWDC, Apple introduced iCloud, its free cloud service, which will ship in fall. Here are the key features:

Contacts, Calendar and Mail from MobileMe have been completely re-architected and rewritten. You can share calendars with friends and family, and the ad-free push Mail account is hosted at me.com. Your inbox and mailboxes are kept up-to-date across all your iOS devices and computers.

The App Store and iBookstore will download purchased iOS apps and books to all your devices, not just the device they were purchased on. Download any apps and books to any iOS device (up to 10 devices) at no additional cost.

iCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up your iOS devices to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi when you charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Backed up content includes purchased music, apps and books, Camera Roll (photos and videos), device settings and app data. If you replace your iOS device, just enter your Apple ID and password during setup and iCloud restores your new device.

iCloud Storage seamlessly stores all documents created using iCloud Storage APIs, and automatically pushes them to all your devices. When you change a document on any device, iCloud automatically pushes the changes to all your devices. Up to 5GB of free storage for mail, documents and backup (excluding storage for music, apps and books purchased from Apple, and the storage required by Photo Stream doesn’t count towards this 5GB total.) You can buy more storage if you need it.

Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers.

iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices.

• iTunes Match will match music that you did not buy from iTunes and put it in iCloud. It will give you a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version. This way you won't have to upload your entire music library. iTunes Match will cost US$24.99 annually.

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1 comment:

Sara Soratia said...

The entire purpose of iCloud is that you no longer need to sync your Mac/iPhone/iPad with iTunes. Aaron This article is nonsense and whoever wrote it doesn't understand what he is talking about.