Apple WWDC 2011 has been over. At the annual conference, Apple released three heavyweight products: OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud. Now let’s go on checking iCloud, the most important new product of the three.
No doubt, Apple iCloud will be one of the most important products in the near future, and it will also be the most important part of Apple’s cloud service. At present, when you open App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you will find the new "purchased" column at the bottom, which has collected all apps that you have purchased. Clicking the cloud icon beside each app, you will download it into your iDevice.
iCloud will be the extension of MobileMe and iDisk. Your all contents purchased from App Store like apps and songs will be able to sync with your iCloud account, and these contents will not occupy your 5GB iCloud storage capacity for emails and other files. And the Photo Stream feature will automatically take your photos directly to iCloud. Apparently all these features will save lots of local storage capacity for your iDevice and computer.
Moreover, iTunes Match valued at $24.99 USD per year can match your songs in library and automatically convert them into the DRM-free 256kbps AAC files, while those songs can’t be identified will be stored in iCloud.
iCloud is just the beginning of cloud operating strategy of Apple. Can our iDevices be used freely without the dependence on computer and iTunes? Let’s stay tuned. If you’re interested, jump to Apple official site for full details.