iCloud beta live: Selective invite

By Peter Chubb - Aug 2, 2011

Having already shared with you price details for extra iCloud storage, we thought you would be interested to know that iCloud.com beta has now gone live but with selective invite, which is for developers only. The moment that you visit the site you are asked for your Apple ID and password, remember developers only. The look of the beta homepage is very simple, as all you see is an ID tag hanging in the middle. The only other things that you can see are a few links, with the Developer Resources being directly below the tag.

Once signed in there are a number of features there that used to be part of the MobileMe service, such as Mail, Find my iPhone etc. The Next Web had heard that some people have been able to sign in without being a developer, but we along with a few friends have tried and this seems to be untrue – unless Apple made a mistake and rectified it immediately?

The moment you launch the page what awaits you are Calendar, Contacts, Find My iPhone, Mail and iWork icons. Those who have Mac OS X Lion will see the similar design; it is not until you click on these icons that you are then taken to the full page. When you are on the full-screen version you will notice that there is a small iCloud logo in the corner, you just have to click this to take you back to the main launch page once again.

The Next Web has taken a few screen shots to show you what these new features look like once fully opened. If you look closely they are all very similar to what we had before with MobileMe, but they have received a number of updates to give the user a much better experience. If you head over to this Apple page you will learn much more about Contacts, Calendar and Mail. What will be so great about these is how iCloud will push them to all your devices, so you no longer have to wonder if you collected an email on your MacBook Air or on your iMac.

This is done automatically, so no need for you to pres backup at any time. This comes in handy if you go from the office to a train to home, as everything will be stored in one covenant place. Again, Apple is a little late to the Cloud party, but they will aim to improve on the technology and do it better than their rivals.

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