After months of speculation, Apple has finally announced the features of its new cloud services. Dubbed iCloud, the new service will hopefully make Apple a big contender in the online storage race, against the likes of cloud giants like Google, Amazon and DropBox. But, let's not forget that Apple's always been a part of this world. The company has a rich history of providing online services to Mac users that dates back to over a decade ago. Read along after the cut for a brief tour of some of these services that Apple's offered over the years.
When Apple made their software announcements at WWDC today, they said that developers would be given early access to the new software. Well, they've made good on that promise by updating the Apple Dev Centers for iOS and Mac OS. This means that registered (paid!) developers can now get access to iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion, iTunes 10.5, and a new Apple TV update.
Apple made a ton of announcements at today's WWDC keynote, including the features we can look forward to from iCloud, Mac OS X Lion, and iOS 5. Of course, they could only share a few of the new features in the actual keynote due to time limitations. But fortunately, all of the features are now listed on the Apple website.
Apple seems to have busy secretly installing fancy new features onto our iOS devices. Our latest discovery is the ability to download music you're purchased from the iTunes store that you haven't synced to your iOS device.
Just as they teased in a press release last week, Apple finally took the wraps off its long-awaited “cloud services offering,” iCloud. While Cupertino may act like theirs is the first such service to market, the reality is, as usual, something else entirely.
Still got a MobileMe account? Effective today, if you had an active MobileMe account your service has been automatically extended through June 30, 2012 at no additional charge. After this, MobileMe will cease to exist.
You'll have the ability to move over your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks to iCloud once it becomes available this fall. And if you purchased the MobileMe box and haven't used the activation code inside, you can get a refund for it by submitting a refund request.
Apparently Apple let a sly one come past us. The Automatic Download sections in the general preferences have been updated to include the new iCloud syncing features. You can now turn off and on music, apps, books and decide whether or not you want to automatically update over-the-air or Wi-Fi.
It was a big day in Apple as the company announced the features of three new products: OS X 10.7 Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. Hopefully you got to join us for our live blog this morning, but if not here's every photo we took inside the keynote with Steve and the gang.