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Apple intros iCloud service, coming with iOS 5

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, June 6, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iCloud

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Apple today introduced its new iCloud service suite. As a replacement for the company’s previous MobileMe service, iCloud is completely free, and works to store content in the cloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all a user’s devices. Features of iCloud include rewritten push Contacts, Calendar, and Mail services, automatic synchronization of purchases and downloads from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store, a Backup features that automatically and securely backs up iOS devices on a daily basis over Wi-Fi, a Photo Stream service that automatically uploads photos taken or imported on any iOS device and pushes them to all a user’s devices—including Apple TV. iCloud also includes 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup, which also serves to seamlessly store all a user’s documents that are created using iCloud Storage APIs, and automatically push them to all that user’s devices. iCloud will be available this fall concurrent with iOS 5 and will be free for all users.

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1

My MobileMe subscription runs out in 10 days time - £59 for another year and yet come “this fall” I’d get the same service for free…
Wonder if Apple is prepared for a lot of disgruntled MobileMe customers contacting them for clarification…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on June 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

2

Seems like I have found the answer -

What’s happening to MobileMe?
Effective June 6, 2011, if you had an active MobileMe account, your service has been automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After this, the MobileMe service will no longer be available.

What will happen to the content I have on MobileMe?
Apple has announced a new service called iCloud which will be available this fall and free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email address and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.

When iCloud becomes available this fall, more details and instructions will be provided on how to make the move.

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on June 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM (PDT)

3

Google and Android have been playing the cloud-sync game for years. Apple’s implementation will probably be more elegant, but is still a me-too

Posted by Daniele Carmagnola on June 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM (PDT)

4

Yikes! My trial subscription to MobileMe ended about a week ago and now I see that they billed me the $99 yearly charge! How can I cancel my subscription to a now lame duck service?

Posted by Stephen Wooten on June 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

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@ #4,
You can, sadly, I can’t post a link here…it’s out there. You can get a refund.

Posted by sb on June 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

6

Hilarious - pretty obvious there’s little innovating left for Apple to do now.

It’s official: while Apple has the market share, feature set wise, iOS is now BEHIND Windows Phone 7 and Jobs is obviously well aware of this. The tide is about to turn.

When Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is released by Microsoft later this year, it will hail the beginning of the end of the iPhone’s dominance. iOS is old and outdated, it’s time has come.

Posted by Mindi on June 7, 2011 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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