The Complete Guide to Apple iCloud Service

Apple’s iCloud is a viable replacement to MobileMe cloud service. Unlike MobileMe, which was discontinued this year, iCloud has been well received.

Available only for OS X Lion and iOS 5 (and higher) users, iCloud offers impressive features and 5GB free cloud storage for a really, really good price — zero dollars!

The free iCloud service comes with features like Photo Stream, iCloud backups for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) devices, Mail, and iWork document syncing.

iCloud Integrated to Mac OS X

Apple has integrated the deeply integrated iCloud cloud service into its OS. Now you can store and sync versions of your documents and quickly access them across other iOS connected devices. If you have left editing a document at a point on your Mac, resume it on your iOS device. How cool is that?

If you are editing a project or document on your Mac, and now it’s time to go out, then you can easily sync the document to iCloud, go out and continue to work on the document on your iPhone or iPad. You can always come back home, turn on your Mac, and continue from where you left on your iPhone.

That’s the beauty of cloud services like iCloud. You can do this unlimited number of times, as long as the file size is small and within the iCloud’s storage limit. Although iCloud has faithfully replicated other cloud services like Drobox and Google Drive, it still remains our favorite for two simple reasons:

  • It’s deeply integrated with Macs
  • No need to download any special software

Problems with iCloud

Apple’s iCloud works only on Macs. Although there’s a workaround to access iCloud files on Windows, it is very limited. Other Operating Systems are left out, which makes iCloud not so flexible. Also, there’s no ability to upload files or sync your documents and photos that was previously possible on MobileMe.


Price of iCloud

Initially, up to 5GB of storage is available for free on iCloud. If you want more, you must upgrade iCloud.

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