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.
Between Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, we certainly learned about a plethora of upcoming features that will make their way down the Apple pipeline. It also appeared as though Apple may have been busy solidifying iCloud, having filed eleven iCloud trademark applications with the US Patent & Trademark Office.
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.