Coming straight from the "Wait For It..." Department, Apple has been sued over use of the name "iCloud". Arizona-based iCloud Communications filed its formal suit against Apple for infringement of its name, which has been in existence since 2005.
Once the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system becomes available for download, iOS users will have the ability to seamlessly communicate, share files, and wirelessly update their devices. With perks like this, it’s difficult to see how anyone could find anything too hateful in Cupertino’s latest cloud-based creation -- except for cellular carriers. Word around the campfire is that Apple knew word of the their new cloud-based offerings wouldn’t go over well with with telecoms. They were so certain of this that they even elected to keep their two closest North American wireless partners -- Verizon and AT&T -- out of the loop, with the cellular providers learning about the company’s cloud-based offerings at the same time as the rest of the world. Could Cupertino’s snub drive a wedge between Apple and the carriers?
There’s been some anxiety in the last week regarding MobileMe’s forthcoming transition to iCloud and what it will mean for some of the former service’s features -- such as hosting for iWeb-created websites. Short story even shorter, you’d better start looking for another place to host your websites if you rely on it.
Well, it was tons of WWDC news this week. Pretty much iOS 5 and OS X Lion and iCloud were about the only tech headlines anyone noticed. There were a few other things that we took note of, amidst the shuffle, though we must admit, we're pretty stoked about both new operating systems ourselves. But, just in case you missed it, here's a couple treats we couldn't just let pass by without a second look.
Well, of course all the news this week was WWDC and iOS 5 and OS X Lion related. What did you expect? These were the stories that wouldn't stop burning up the Apple newsosphere, and we've got 'em all wrapped up with a pretty bow just for you.
Another WWDC, another breathtaking array of new offering Cupertino. One of the big reveals was iCloud, Apple's upcoming cloud-based storage service. iCloud will let you more conveniently access your music from any of your devices, whether they're iOS, Mac or even PC. Music you've purchased from iTunes in the past will automatically be available to you online, but by default, your other music won't be. If you want it to be, you're going to need to subscribe to iTunes Match. This is a service that scans your iTunes library, and makes your non-iTunes-store songs available to you everywhere. The cost of sweet portability? $24.99 a year.
Earlier this week, Apple silently released iTunes 10.3 with a system-wide software update. Riding on the coattails of the week's iOS 5 announcement, you might think you've heard everything there is to know about Apple's next big mobile operating system update. However, there are still more goodies to be found in iTunes 10.3 that Apple hasn’t yet told us about directly.
Now that Apple has officially revealed what iCloud will contain when it launches this fall, it’s time to sit back and look at what the service isn’t going to bring to our lives. Sure, we know it’s free, but we hang with that “glass half empty” kind of crowd.
With iCloud lurking in the not so distant future, MobileMe users may be wondering what will happen to their files on iDisk. While Apple has yet to release their plan for MobileMe to iCloud transitions, we can only assume that Apple will phase out iDisk in favor of document syncing and storage in iCloud. If you’re like us, however, you’ll want to take your files off of iDisk and store them on Dropbox or another online storage service.