Apple iCloud patent points to 1TB storage capacity

“The year began with news that Apple was working on a new cloud-based safety-deposit box followed by an iTunes Cloud service before it was officially unveiled weeks later,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Then in August Apple introduced us to future iCloud based printing services,” Purcher reports. “Well, today’s patent application as revealed by the US Patent and Trademark Office, interestingly reveals how Apple is using a ‘librarian Service’ on iOS devices to coordinate iCloud services and also create unique user credentials effortlessly.”

Purcher reports, “But more interesting perhaps is that the patent reveals that storage in the 1TB range is already on Apple’s roadmap – and that certainly paves the way for the Post PC era’s entry of the Network Computer – plain and simple.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application diagrams, here.


  1. 1TB x 20 million users (number of iCloud users after 1 week with iCloud) = 20 million TB = 20000 PB = 20 EB

    Whoooa… 20 Exabyte. That’s one months traffic of the whole freaking fucking world. Or 5% of ALL data ever stored globally. In other words : Apple will kill the internet! Yeah! ;-D

    1. That is, of course, assuming that every single one of those users decides to use the entirety of their 1TB of storage right away. Most iCloud users probably don’t even have the bandwidth to get that much data out to the cloud in any reasonable amount of time. So while knowing you have 1TB of storage may increase your data usage, there are enough obstacles of practicality to keep it from overwhelming the world’s wires…for now.

      1. At my ADSL speed of 5.1Mbps down and 620 Kbps up, it takes roughly 1 hour to upload 2GB. So a TB would take ~500 hours, or 21 days if I did not do anything else.

        For most people in the U.S., the network remains the primary bottleneck (and that is before the monthly data caps).

  2. ambitious, and very cool. With 1T in the cloud and a always connected iOs device, life is getting very good indeed.

    BUT, we need better broadband in smaller areas. I live in Canada in a town of 30,000. my speed is .75 up and 3-5 down. The down is OK but less than 1 up is a killer for all cloud features except syncing addresses and such.

    1. Move to South Korea. Check their speeds.

      The United States placed just 26th in the analysis of the speed of worldwide Internet connections conducted by Pando Networks.

      The average download speed in South Korea was 2,202 kilobytes per second, Pando said, with Romania (1,909 KBps), Bulgaria (1,611 KBps), Lithuania (1,462 KBps and Latvia (1,377 KBps) rounding out the top five.

  3. This is kind of interest if does happen. What Apple going charge for 1 TB in clouds. Future traffic jam on net, rate are going up. This a great idea if you can keep the cost reasonable.

  4. I’m not clicking the link: Most of these “patent applications allow us to predict actual plans” articles are worthless.
    Along those lines, some random data storage capacity listed in an example implementation of a patented process indicates absolutely nothing about plans for a service implementing the patent.

    1. You remind me of all the naysaying jerks that said apple’s smartphone patents were a joke or that Apple’s tablet would never go to market. These patents came out between 2001 and 2006. Naysayers are a dime a dozen. You follow all of the whiny people. You’re an empty head. A visionless waste of time.

  5. Ok I’m trying to feel your pain, but all you who don’t have a decent internet connection: I’m tired of hearing your comments like “oh well I only got .xMB upload speed, what am I supposed to do?”

    Well, nothing. It’s not made for people like you. It’s made for people who can use it. Thank the good lord Henry Ford didn’t worry about the poor people stuck with horses.

    Wow that was mean. Nah, I don’t care.

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