There’s no escaping it: fall is just around the corner. As the leaves turn from shades of green to gorgeous ambers and reds, the thoughts of Apple users around the world are turning to the launch of iCloud and all the goodness Apple’s over-the-air content syncing service will bring with it.
If you own a Mac computer or an iOS device, there’s little doubt that you’re already familiar with what iCloud has in store and are chomping at the bit to get at it. But what about the venerable Apple TV? It’s powered by iOS -- doesn’t it deserve a bit of love as well? We like to think so, and while Apple hasn’t announced any iCloud-enabled features for their increasingly popular "hobby", we have a vision of what the company’s upcoming cloud service can do for everyone’s favorite diminutive HDMI connected darling.
The engineers at Apple were working overtime this weekend tuning up their beta versions for developers, with iTunes Match once again opening its doors for another round of testing as well as a new seed of OS X Lion 10.7.2 which now incorporates iCloud.
Now that the Labor Day holiday is behind us here in the U.S., fall is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing: iCloud time! Ever since iCloud was previewed at WWDC 2011, iOS device users have been staring at their current devices, longing for some cloud syncing magic, so let’s recap what we know about iCloud so far.
If you’re the sort of person who prefers wild speculation instead of cold, hard facts, keep reading. Everyone else, there’s nothing to see here! The iOS 5 and iCloud rumors get cranked up into overdrive with a couple of leaked screenshots from Apple retail claiming their release could be “just around the corner.”
With all of the attention that Apple’s forthcoming iCloud initiative has placed on cloud computing, one wonders how some of the pioneers in the field will react. In the case of Pogoplug makers Cloud Engines Inc., the response appears to be a new, low-cost mobile-centric device for the home that allows streaming to anywhere.
In all the early hype about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service, little has yet been said about support for older operating systems, specifically Snow Leopard 10.6 which is still in wide use. As it turns out, Apple may be slipping out at least one more update to the snowy cat to allow basic iCloud sync support.
Developers may have noticed a little surprise in their inbox from Apple today. iTunes Match Beta is now available for a test drive. Even better, Apple also notes that beta subscribers will get an additional 3 months free with their $24.99 paid subscription in order to cover the beta plus the 12 months after launch.
A few months ago, we posted a how to on moving your existing iWeb sites to a dedicated web hosting solution. Since then, more information about the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition has emerged that describes exactly how Apple will phase out the iWeb site hosting that has been a vital part of .Mac and MobileMe for the past few years.
As we edge closer to September, the August rumor cycle begins steaming up. Will September 7 prove the magic day? Will the iPhone 5 make its appearance? Will you be able to buy it that day? And what about this mysterious discount iPhone we keep hearing about? Prepaid? All in the cloud? What gives?