It's a busy time right now at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where crews are preparing the venue for Apple's WWDC 2011 event. The event will kick off on June 6th and promises to reveal details on iOS 5, OS X Lion, and of course the much anticipated "iCloud." Curious what the new iCloud logo looks like?
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!
In my predictions column prior to 2011, I predicted the rise of the personal cloud. With Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple all getting into the cloud business its clear that prediction is coming true. Three things are key to adopting these cloud services: Trust, reliability and price.
I for one am ready to begin relying more on cloud services. I remember a time before my company began using Exchange for email. Every time I got a new computer or new handheld PDA, I had to manually export my inbox and then import it on the new device.
What the folks at 9to5mac are calling a source with some previous success has passed them, and therefor the world, some information about the upcoming iCloud in the form of an educational discount. Apple has been more than ready to offer discounts to students in the past (I myself have partaken in such a bounty more than once,) so this sort of deal certainly isn't out of the question. Apple's ties to schools have been what you and I know to be an integral part of their past - here's hoping they'll stick to the plan for the future.
Apple, in an unusual move, confirmed the agenda for their upcoming WWDC developer conference to include the iCloud, iOS 5, and OS X Lion. Although it seems like they just killed some of the mystery and magic for the event, there's still so much unknown about the iCloud that it keeps us anxious and the rumor mills cranking. The latest claims suggest that the iCloud could serve up not only music, but also movies and TV shows.
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.
Perhaps the two biggest topics of the week, the Google Wallet announcement and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.1 Mango unveiling, brought exciting new developments for the two mobile platforms. More speculation continued on what Apple has planned for next month's WWDC, where the company is expected to unveil the new iOS 5, OS X Lion, and possibly the iCloud---iTunes cloud music service. In anticipation, Amazon's been competing even more aggressively to campaign for its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services. Continue after the cut for the roundup video and the pertinent links to everything covered in the video.
With Apple's WWDC 2011 just weeks away, the race is on to finalize the expected cloud music streaming system - aka iCloud - for an official debut at the keynote. According to BusinessWeek, Apple is still yet to clinch Universal Music's agreement, though a deal is said to be close; the terms are believed to include the ability to scan a user's local music collection and then recreate it in cloud storage from high-quality master recordings, even - it's said - if some of the tracks were originally obtained illegally, as part of a broadened MobileMe subscription.
Lady Gaga fans may be some of the first to be roped into Amazon's CloudPlayer service. The online retailer giant has just begun selling the attention-hungry pop diva's latest album, Born This Way, for $0.99. Yes, the entire album of 14 songs plus a booklet all for the price you'd pay for one song from iTunes. What's the motivation behind this?