Today, June 6, 2011, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, the release of their latest Cloud technology called iCloud. It was one of the most anticipated announcements in technology and entertainment, but also caught on fire across youth culture blogs and tweets as a new generation, savvy to changes in technology, ate up the news as fast as it was streaming.
In a nutshell, iCloud allows users to store their content in “the cloud” (a type of server clustering which Amazon is known for) and wirelessly pushes it out onto all of your devices. So if you change something on your iPhone, it updates across all of your technology devices and comes out, for example, updated on your iPad or even PC. It also allows people to share calendars, mail, and it also store photos in an area called Photo Stream which you can access from any device. So basically, all of those iPhone photos you can now view easily on your computer -if you post it up to the iCloud.
The really cool aspect is how it works with iTunes. Now, all songs purchased on iTunes are available on all of your devices without having to pay again for downloading it onto a different device.
“Anything I bought I can now download to any of my devices at no additional charge,” stated Jobs in the presentation. “This is the first time we have seen this in the music industry.”
Given that iPhones and iPads don’t have a lot of storage, iCloud solves the problem. So if you’re a music or movie freak downloading a bunch of entertainment, (or massive iPhone photo-taker, which many young people are), iCloud frees up your device to download even more.
iCloud is free for now.