Around the world, at this very moment, there around 200 million iOS devices and this is just the sales figure for the past 14 months. Now as Apple unveils the iCloud, it is about to make itself a more potent force in the world of technology as we know it. The iCloud will allow synchronization across all iOS 5 devices, which will bring about a new era of technological integration for Apple customers. Therefore, it is fitting that we look at this latest addition to the Apple arsenal more closely.
- iCloud (push vs pull): Most see the whole concept of cloud services as a storage system. However, Apple has specifically designed its system with synchronization in mind. Hence, while most systems such as Google pull data across devices and store it on the cloud network, Apple will seek to push data on to various devices. Furthermore, the process is hugely automated in comparison to its rivals.
- iCloud synchronization: the new iOS update will allow users to synchronize various apps across multiple iOS 5 devices. So you can seamlessly switch between your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.
- iCloud vs iTunes: iCloud is a replacement to iTunes. The sync feature allows Apple to do away with iTunes.
- iCloud is not something you can stream music from: We thought we should highlight this because there were lot of rumors going around that the iCloud will features a music and video streaming function. However, keep in mind that this is about synchronization.
- MobileME: This feature is now free and comes with 5GB storage. Apple will probably charge extra if you exceed this limit.
- The iCloud is one of the most important features that have been unveiled by Apple thus far. It would not be an exaggeration to state the iCloud now ranks amongst the next generation iPhone in Apple’s priority list. The focus now should be to create product that can convincingly outperform Google and Amazon cloud based systems.