Apple’s iCloud Invading Classrooms Soon

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

WWDC Apple Keynote announced a new feature today: iCloud support built into the iOS 5 software update for all iOS device (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad). The iCloud also integrates with existing iTunes desktop software on both Mac and PC platforms. Jonathan Seff at Macworld goes into details on the new  service:

 

Auto Backup

  • Once a day, iCloud will back up a lot of a user’s important content to the cloud over Wi-Fi. If you ever get a new phone, Apple said, type in your Apple ID and password and everything will be loaded on that phone automatically.
  • It will back up purchased music, apps, and books, your Camera Roll (photos and videos), device settings, and app data.

 

New Apps

  • Documents in the Cloud uploads Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents to the cloud for syncing.
  • Photo Stream lets you take photos on any device and uploads them to sync with your other devices (for example, your iPhone shots appear on your iPad). Photo Stream also works with iPhoto on Mac, and supports the Apple TV as well.
  • iTunes in the Cloud. For songs you’ve already purchased from the iTunes Store, there’s a Purchased button that shows your entire purchase history of songs (purchased on any device). You can view by all songs, recent songs, or by artist. You can then download any song or album with the touch of a button.
  • “This is the first time we’ve seen this in the music industry,” said Jobs. “No charge for multiple downloads on many devices.”

iTunes Match

  • Apple has come up with iTunes Match, a $25-a-year service that scans your iTunes library and tries to match it with the 18 million songs that Apple sells. For the songs that are in the iTunes Store, you get instant access, and Apple will even upgrade them to its standard 256-kbps AAC format. For those songs that Apple can’t identify, you can upload them manually

Specs and Availability

  • Each user gets 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup. Fortunately, purchased music, apps, books, and Photo Stream photos don’t count against that total.
  • iTunes Match costs $25 a year for unlimited storage.
  • iCloud will ship at the same time as iOS 5 in the fall, although developers can download a beta version now.

 

For more information, read the source here.

        

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