Apple’s first cloud service, iTools, was introduced in 2000 and was available for free. Then came MobileMe, which added powerful features like data syncing and online storage, so Apple bumped the price to $99 a year. But now Apple has reverted a bit, delivering MobileMe’s most useful services at no charge and rebranding it all as iCloud. And that’s not all—this new service links all of your devices with Apple’s North Carolina data centers to keep both your vital files and your iTunes Store purchases at your fingertips whenever you want them.
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.