iCloud goes live for developers

Apple have recently launched the first Beta of their new long awaited MobileMe service, iCloud.com. iCloud.com is now available for long in if you hold a valid Apple Developer account, which is available from the Apple website for around £99 per year.

Upon account creation you are given access to 5GB of free online storage, with access to more (at a price) In fact a total of 55GB is available, if you are willing to pay the hefty price tag of £50 per year!

iCloud.com features all of the applications/facilitates you’d have expected to find in MobileMe, the first immediate difference is the interface of the apps. They have been designed to look similar to the apps found on Apple’s iPad range.

The iCloud.com‘s calendar and iCloud.com‘s Contacts look similar to the ones found in OS X Lion, with the ‘fake’ leather look and the red tab for a bookmark.

iCloud.com also features iWork, which is designed to sync all your ‘Pages’ documents on your web connected devices.

The opening of iCloud.com to developer means Apple should be on track for their ‘Fall’ public release, which is rumoured to be around September and at the same time as the iPhone 5.

If you intend to sign up to iCloud.com on it’s release its worth remembering to use it to it’s full potential your iOS devices will need to be running iOS 5 and your Mac’s will need to be running OS X Lion!

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MobileMe turns into iCloud

All of you lucky ‘MobileMe’ members (me included) will be pleased to see this arriving in their inboxes over the next few days…

Dear MobileMe member,

We’d like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. Available this fall, iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users.

What does this mean for you as a MobileMe member?

When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.

Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available.

When iCloud becomes available this fall, we will provide more details and instructions on how to make the move. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about iCloud.


The MobileMe Team

Personally – I can’t wait for this to arrive… Along with my copy of OS X Lion of course 😀

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