As you all know, these past few days have been very busy for the folks over at Cupertino. Last week in particular is when Apple finally unveiled its next major smartphone, the iPhone 4S along with other announcements like the iOS 5 and iCloud's release date. And then of course, there's the unfortunate passing away of former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs due to pancreatic cancer. But the show must go on, so Apple finally opened the gates of its very own cloud-based service iCloud to the eager public ahead of iOS 5's release.
If anyone can recall, Apple launched a web-based service called MobileMe which was met with lukewarm response from customers and was widely regarded as a failure. While there is no denying the Cupertino giant's products which includes the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are some of the best in the industry, the same can't be said about their portfolio on online services. Will iCloud be the chance for Apple to redeem itself?
As discussed earlier, Apple has finally made iCloud.com available to the public. So from now on, users will now be allowed to store their content on the cloud and you can effortlessly sync them all across different iDevices. This means that you can pretty much sync your device's content anywhere provided that you have an internet connection of course. Once you have made changes on one device such as your iPhone, iCloud will see to it that the changes will also reflect on your other iDevices such as your iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
The good thing is, all iOS 5 users will be able to avail the iCloud service free of charge and comes with 5GB storage space. Should you require more space, you can purchase more from Apple by paying an annual fee depending on the price plan you choose. Price plans are as follows: $20 (10GB), $40 (20GB) and $100 (50GB).
Another service that's integrated with iCloud is the new iTunes Match. This particular service will enable users to store their entire iTunes library in the cloud. In addition to that, users will also be able to convert their old music files into a higher quality and more iTunes compatible 256kbps AAC version of the file. This is granted that the song is already on the iTunes database. Unlike the iCloud which can be availed for free, iTunes Match will cost you an annual fee of $25 and is available only to those who resides in the U.S. Although Apple promises that the service will eventually made its way into other countries by the end of the 2011.
iCloud is a free service after all so, one would might as well give it a try and see what Apple has in store for you. If it works properly, this can be real convenient and useful for many users especially if you own multiple devices. It still remains to be seen if Apple will finally succeed with its online service venture in iCloud. So what do you think? Will you be using iCloud?Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback