What is the iCloud?

Apple unveiled their new iCloud service today. It is basically a service that will store a lot of your data “on the internet.” They have set up some huge data centers that will make your files easily accessible from your computer, iPhone, iPad or Touch. Here is the run down:

  • Available for free this fall with iOS5.
  • Better access for your email.
  • Better calendar synching between devices.
  • Contact Synching.
  • It will store all your apps for easy access.
  • It will backup your stuff/sync your iPhone without computer.
  • iBooks will be stored and you can access on your different devices.
  • Your Apple documents will be synched and backed up
  • You will have an online Photo Stream to view photos on your different devices.
  • You will have access to all your iTunes purchases.
  • There is something called iTunes Match for $24.99 per year that will give you access to all of your music via iCloud.
  • You will get 5 gigs of storage for free and will be able to purchase more.

So those are the basics of iCloud, I think it will really change how we use our data and devices. You can get a lot more info on Apple’s iCloud Page.

This might seem familiar because Apple has had something called MobileMe. iCloud takes this idea and makes it (close to) free (instead of $99) and improves it beyond belief. There are also other similar services that have come out recently from both Amazon and Google but if you have an iPhone, iCloud is the way to go.

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