WWDC 2011: iCloud to Rain this Fall, Offers 5GB of Storage Space

June 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Amazon took the initiative, Google followed and now Apple has jumped in too – let the battle begin! Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 unveiled the latest Apple product – iCloud .

With the arrival of iCloud, users can now automatically and wirelessly store their content in iCloud and push it to all of their other devices. Free cloud storage of 5 GB for Mail, Document Storage and Backup is what Apple has in store for us! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

The services will be available this fall along with iOS 5 and this would grant the iPad and iPhone users a chance to use their devices as primary computers. Using iCloud with a PC demands either Windows Vista or Windows 7.

The cloud service can support 10 devices for free, which includes MobileMe, the App Store and iBookstore, iCloud Backup, iCloud Storage, Photo Stream and iTunes.

iTunes is already available in the Cloud in the US, but it requires the iTunes 10.3 and iOS 4.3.3. The ideology backing the iCloud service is, as Steve Jobs puts it,

“We are going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud”.

The company has already invested over $500 million in its first data centre to support the anticipated customer demand. Signing up is an easy process and it is totally free on an iPhone, iPad, iPod run by iOS 5 or a Mac with a valid Apple ID.

Apple also introduced their messaging system- iMessage, at the event. The service will provide options to send text message, photos and videos to and from Apple devices.

The new services are a step to the future where tablets and phones won’t need a connection to desktops and laptops to get updates. The updates will be delivered wirelessly. Do you agree? Tell us your views.

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