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Apple Announces iCloud

by Emily Price | June 6, 2011June 6, 2011 11:31 am PDT

Apple has officially entered the world of cloud computing, with the announcement of iCloud. iCloud stores your content, and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. The cloud is integrated with all the applications you use, so it can “just work.”  the basic functionality of iCloud is free, and will be available this fall with iOS 5.

Mail/Calendar/Contacts

Contacts, new calendar events, and .me emails are automatically saved to your iCloud, and then pushed to all of your devices. So if I add a contact on my iPhone, it will also show up on my iPad. If I add a friend’t birthday party as an event on my iPad, it will also show up as an event on my iPhone.

Books
With iCloud, when you purchase a book, that book is downloaded to all of your devices.

Pages/Numbers/Keynote
If you create a Pages document, then it is automatically synced with all of your iOS devices. The same with Keynote presentations of Numbers documents.

Photos
Your last 1000 pictures will be stored on your iOS device, all of your pictures will be stored on your computer, and the iCloud server will store them for 30 days.

iTunes
iTunes is now in the cloud. If you have purchased a song on one device, you can download it at no additional charge on any of your other devices. You can also set purchases up to automatically download, so I could for instance have all my music purchases download to my iPhone and iPad, regardless of which one I made the purchase on. Apple is also offering a service called iTunes Match will upgrade the songs you have ripped onto your computer to 256k AAC DRM free, and give you the same access across all of your devices for $24.99 per year. If you have a ton of music that you didn’t get from iTunes, you can get it in the cloud.

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Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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