Apple’s iCloud storage and syncing service now available

“As promised, Apple has launched its cloud-based storage and syncing service, iCloud, to the public today,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

“Users who have an Apple ID can go to iCloud.com and sign in to the service,” Reisinger reports. “Users can view, add, or change Contacts, input events into Calendar, and store documents in the cloud with the help of the platform’s iWork application.”

Reisinger reports, “In addition, users who have an iPhone can use iCloud to find the device, and view it on a map. That application also features the ability to remotely lock or wipe the device in the event the handset has been stolen or misplaced.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: iOS devices must be running iOS 5 beta 5. Macs must be running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 Seed and iCloud for OS X Lion beta 6, Windows PCs should be recycled and users should upgrade to Macs. Failing that, they must be running Windows Vista or later, Outlook 2007 or later and iCloud Control Panel for Windows beta 4. Users with developer accounts can access these betas or wait for the public releases soon.

32 Comments

  1. …and while Apple burns its time with its latest and greatest technology, those of us who haven’t gone out to buy OS X Lion or the latest Apple devices can’t even get e-mail (from me.com). Whoppi! Aren’t we lucky!

  2. Can anyone comment: will iCloud let new mac users sign up for a new account in this process? Apple shut down the sign-up process for MobileMe, so there is no way for new users to “sign up” to then be transitioned / moved over to iCloud…

  3. “Windows PCs should be recycled and users should upgrade to Macs”

    haha.. Oh yes, Paul Thurrott is talking alot more about ‘heterogenous PC environments’ these days LMAO.. Didn’t use to be that way, if my memory serves me. I guess MS really fumbled.

  4. I wonder how easy it is to transfer over my .mac address over. I think that I will use that one for iCloud/iTunes syncing. I then think I will add my aliases over as separate iCloud accounts so I don’t have to sort through emails that are for my wife. Has anyone transferred yet? I have an old iTunes account that I have bought music with. Hopefully Apple lets us merge those old accounts.

    1. @mike
      I posted below, I had the same problem, made me add @me to my ID, then when I went to purchase something I logged out of the iCloud ID and logged back in with my old iTunes ID, iCloud is still working, photo stream ect, and I can still axcess my iTunes content.

  5. When I set up iCloud on my iPhone 4 and iPad , it would not except my apple ID as they now must be an email addy, I added @me.com to my ID. But then I could not axcess my iTunes account and all my purchases. I was able to go back in and log into my old ID, everything seems fine

    My big question, why is iCloud not available on Snow Leopard?

      1. Yes, but if it’s availabLe on Vista, no reason it should not be on 10.6

        I’m happy with 10.6, not ready to upgrade as only one of three Macs can upgrade, prefer to keep the same system on all three. And it’s not the $29.00

        I even bought a track pad, but still prefer my magic mouse

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