Apple iCloud was finally unveiled today at WWDC 2011, now we can confirm some interesting details regarding the new iOS feature and there’s a lot to get through.
Let’s start with MobileMe and iCloud pricing, iCloud storage will cost you nothing and will pretty much replace MobileMe, if you use MobileMe you will be able to access everything until June 30, 2012 but after then MobileMe will be no more, comments on Engadget suggest that people who have already renewed their subscriptions will get refunds.
You can see full details regarding iCloud on Apple’s official website, you get 5GB of storage and what’s great about this online storage solution is that it does everything wirelessly in the background, this means that syncing your personal data with the cloud is effortless and should be very reliable.
iCloud can be configured to suit your needs and an API will allow developers to reap the benefits associated with cloud storage for their apps, you can choose iOS to carry out automatically daily backups to iCloud over WiFi, this can backup purchased music, books, apps, app data, device settings and captured photos and videos.
What impressed us the most is something Apple call Documents in the Cloud, when using new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote data is automatically pushed to the cloud, this means that it is instantly accessible no-matter which Apple device you are using.
Finally we can squash a rumor which was doing the rounds, we heard that Apple may make iCloud ad supported, this is not the case, however it looks like if 5GB of storage is not enough for you, you will have to pay for more. Also if you want all of your iTunes library to automatically populate to the Cloud so that it is available on your Apple devices you have to pay $25 a year, you can find out more about iTunes Match here.
Will 5GB of data be enough for you?