Since even before the iCloud was unveiled at the Apple WWDC 2011, MobileMe users have been concerned about the fate of their current accounts. Now that Apple has made it clear that MobileMe would cease to exist, with its core functions rolled into the iCloud, the other question still lingering is whether users can continue to access these services from the web.
Apple's iOS 5 and iCloud have yet to officially launch and frustrations about the new offering are already surfacing. Thanks to developer versions released just after the WWDC 2011 announcement, many users have already gotten their hands-on and are now complaining about an issue with Apple's policy on multiple Apple IDs.
Apple's no stranger to trademark suits. We can certainly recall the Cisco trademark of the iPhone and the Fujitsu's trademark of the iPad. And now it looks like Apple is at it again, strong-arming its way into getting the name it wants even if that means getting sued. A company by the name iCloud Communications, LLC has just filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple for using the name iCloud and offering almost the same type of services.
If you still haven't caught up with all the news from Apple's major WWDC 2011 keynote on Monday, then you should take a look at our super wrap-up. But, if you'd rather watch the actual keynote but don't want to sit through the full two-hour video, then here's another option. Someone has kindly edited down the keynote to a mere 120 seconds.
This year on the 6th of June, here in sunny San Francisco at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 (WWDC), we saw no less than Steve Jobs step on stage with his classic jeans and sweatshirt outfit. "We've got an awesome morning together, this morning. Thank you for coming so much." Steve was glad to welcome every one of the 5,200 attendees to the conference, a number that sold out in under 2 hours. He goes on to confirm exactly what we've been expecting: "We've got some great stuff to talk about: OS X Lion, iOS 5, and some kind of interesting new cloud stuff."
Apple's new iCloud service may cost users $25/year - after a whet-your-appetite free trial - according to the latest rumors, but the company itself has reportedly had to open its wallet a whole lot wider in order to keep the labels happy. As well as what's said to be between a 58- and 70-percent share of iCloud music revenue, Apple has apparently agreed to between $100m and $150m in advance payments to the big four labels.
I mentioned yesterday that there are some shortages of Apple gear in some locations and online. The shortages were for some of the Apple Airport devices and the Time Capsule unit. Generally, a shortage of things in Apple Stores is a good indication that a refresh is imminent and with WWDC kicking off soon perhaps, the shortages mean new products being unveiled. A source has tipped 9to5Mac that the Airport Express supply is plentiful in most places, but the supply of the Time Capsule and Airport Extreme are in fact very tight globally.
The WWDC 2011 is only four days away, and some have been wondering whether Apple would be able to sign on the last of four major record label companies in time for a full reveal of its new iCloud music streaming service. Today, insider sources tipped that Apple has just successfully signed on Universal Music Group, who also happens to be the largest of the four major record companies.
As you MAY have heard multiple times, Apple very obviously plans on releasing information on their new "iCloud" service in the very near future (aka WWDC.) What you may NOT know is that they, just yesterday, filed the name iCloud with the European Trademark Office under application 010011484. This trademark was filed under 12 distinct International Classes including all of the following headers: digital music by telecommunications, electronic storage, online social networking services, multimedia content for a fee or pre-paid subscription, computer software, electronic books and magazines, entertainment, photographic services, business management and advertising services, games, headgear and digital devices/computers. That's a lot of meat!
Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs will lead the WWDC 2011 keynote next Monday, June 6, with OS X Lion on the agenda, along with iOS 5 and the new iCloud, described as "Apple's upcoming cloud services offering." The news confirms long-standing rumors about the developer event.