Apple iCloud no longer in beta
Apple’s long-awaited cloud-based storage service is finally here as the company has updated the service with some final touches. This new cloud-based service will offer a more robust set of syncing tools for Apple users than any other service out there.
The beta was only available to those who had an existing MobileMe account on a OSX machine.
Of the new services, we get to see iCloud for Keynore, Pages, and Numbers. This allows you to ‘store your documents and keeps them up to date on your devices and the web.’ This new service allows users to view and comment on documents without using or owning iWork.
The new iCloud for iWork apps utilizes ‘iCloud for Documents’ as a new storage and sync feature that third party developers can incorporate in their own apps and allow for it to sync across other devices.
iCloud will come standard with 5GB of free online storage, but can opt for a 10GB, 20GB, and/or 50GB plan. Each plan requires an annual subscription and seems to be $2 per GB. It may be overpriced compared to other services such as Amazon’s Cloud Drive, but many people can argue that the service has a more robust set of syncing tools and that it is catered towards Apple products.
Apple is working on final touches before going live with iCloud. The website, iCloud.com, has been updated with a new login screen that no longer says “beta” and the service now has icons in the background.
iCloud launched yesterday alongside iOS 5, Mac OSX 10.7.2, and iTunes 10.5.Further reading: Apple, iCloud