Apple (Cupertino, Calif.),on Monday introduced iCloud, a cloud service that works with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all other devices. According to Apple, when anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated.
“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”
According to the press release, the iCloud beta and Cloud Storage APIs are available immediately to iOS and Mac Developer Program members. iCloud will be available this fall concurrent with iOS 5, and iTunes Match will also be available this fall for $24.99 per year in the U.S. only. The release goes on to say that iTunes Match will match and replace already existing music that was not purchased through iTunes.
Chris Gesell, Verizon chief cloud strategist weighed in on the release of the iCloud. “Overall it’s great for the evolution of the cloud. We see cloud penetrating the business world in the future and we are excited to see it.”
Free iCloud services include contacts, calendar, mail, the App Store, iBookstore, photo stream services and iTunes. It will come with 5GB of free storage from mail, documents and backup.