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Apple has launched its iCloud service yesterday for developers so they can begin to integrate web-based documents storage into their apps.
iCloud works as a ‘sync’ service which means that when you edit a document or photo on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC, you can automatically have it pushed to any other device of your choosing; meaning if you take a picture with your iPhone it will show up on your iPad within seconds ready for you to edit.
It also will provide you with a backup file on your Mac.
The iCloud.com website will function as the new home for its user’s data. It contains a calendar, an address book and a new section called iWork. These all look almost identical to their iOS counterparts.
MobileMe, a similar service Apple provides, already used this same style in integrating common iOS functions into it.
The MobileMe service will be replaced by iCloud.
The iCloud website does not allow you to edit or view your documents yet according to recent screenshots. Instead it urges users to open up their apps on their iOS device and switch on iCloud.
This ability to view your documents on iCloud.com may not be available until the official launch, unless Apple decides to make editing documents exclusive to iOS devices.
Windows users can also enjoy the iCloud service. The site offers an iCloud Control Panel for Windows which allows you to configure it on the PC.
iCloud service is free and allows you up to 5GB of storage. But users requesting more storage will have to pay. For an extra 10GB it will cost $20 per year, for 20GB, $40 per year and for 50GB, $100 per year. The extra storage can be purchased on the iCloud settings app on your iOS device.
iCloud’s storage will not include your photos, iTunes music, your apps or your purchased books so users will not need to purchase extra space to provide for those.
iCloud will officially launch to the public sometime in September.