Apple Gets On Cloud Train
- Backs up to all devices at once
- Works seamlessly with all Apple devices
- 5GB of free storage
Unsurprisingly, Apple has jumped on the Cloud bandwagon with the announcement of its iCould service that is claimed to work seamlessly with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.
It allows users to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all Apple devices. When anything changes on one of the devices, all of the devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.
The free iCloud services include:
- The former MobileMe services—Contacts, Calendar and Mail—re-architected and rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. Users can share calendars with friends and family. The inbox and mailboxes are kept up-to-date across all iOS devices and computers.
- The App Store and iBookstore now download purchased iOS apps and books to all devices, not just the device they were purchased on. In addition, the App Store and iBookstore now let users see your purchase history
- iCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up an iOS devices to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi when users charges their 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 devices. When a change is made on a document on any device, iCloud automatically pushes the changes to all your devices. Users get up to 5GB of free storage for their mail, documents and backup. Users will be able to buy more storage, with details announced soon.
- iCloud’s Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos taken or imports on any Apple devices and wirelessly pushes them to all other devices and computers. So users can use your iPhone to take a dozen photos of your friends during the afternoon football game, and they will be ready to share with the entire group on an iPad (or Apple TV) when at home. Photo Stream is built into the photo apps on all iOS devices, iPhoto on Macs, and saved to the Pictures folder on a PC. To save space, the last 1,000 photos are stored on each device so they can be viewed or moved to an album to save forever. Macs and PCs will store all photos from the Photo Stream, since they have more storage. iCloud will store each photo in the cloud for 30 days, which is plenty of time to connect your devices to iCloud and automatically download the latest photos from Photo Stream via Wi-Fi.
- 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.