iOS5 New iCloud Service from Apple

The latest release of Apple’s iOS, version 5, includes a new free service called iCloud. As the name suggest the service utilizes so called “Cloud Hosting” technology to allow users to store and sync the iOS devices.

According to the Apple website, iCloud requires iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2; a Mac computer with OS X Lion; or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts, and calendars). Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

iCloud is the successor to MobileMe. It utilizes a cloud storage and cloud computing service. Originally announced by Apple Inc. on June 6, 2011 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The service allows users to store data such as music files on remote computer servers for download to multiple iOS devices such as iPhones, iPods, iPads, and personal computers running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows. It also replaces Apple’s MobileMe program, acting as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, to-do lists, and other data.

iCloud Features

Each iCloud account includes 5 GB of free storage.  Music, apps, and books purchased from iTunes, will not reduce this free space. Music files purchased will be automatically downloaded to any iOS devices. When a Apple account holder registers a new device, all iTunes content can be automatically downloaded.

Photo Stream

Photo Stream is one of the coolest services bundled with the basic iCloud service. It allows users to store the most recent 1,000 photos on the iCloud servers up to 30 days for free. When a photo is taken on a device with Photo Stream enabled, it is automatically uploaded to the iCloud servers. From there, it is automatically pushed to the rest of the user’s registered devices.

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