Possible iCloud Feature List
Not much is known about iCloud other than that Apple will officially unveil the service next week at WWDC alongside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5. The most obvious aspect of these three products launching alongside one another is that they’ll all be deeply integrated, but what does that mean? What is iCloud going to be and what will it offer? Let’s take a look.
Possible iCloud Features
iCloud is expected to offer a barrage of new abilities and integration to both Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5. The increasingly well-connected MG Siegler of TechCrunch says “we know – or think we know” iCloud may offer the following features:
- iTunes library mirroring and streaming to any device, no uploading of media or songs required
- Music streaming from your browser via iTunes.com
- Movie & television streaming
- iDrive & iDisk integration in Mac OS X Finder and iOS
- Photostreaming, possibly with Twitter and/or Facebook integration
- Advanced location services beyond “Find my iPhone” and “Find my Mac”
- Improved voices and speech recognition, the improved voices are already found in Mac OS X Lion developer builds
- Dramatic improvements to existing MobileMe features including syncing of email, calendar, address book
- Improved notifications delivered and maintained via iCloud, access your iPhone notifications from your Mac, and vice versa?
- Game Center becomes a gaming network much like PSN and Xbox Live
- Wireless iOS device syncing, this has been long anticipated, and the New York Times reported earlier in the year that it was coming
- Free entry-level iCloud services, including syncing of the calendar, address book, bookmarks, iBooks, Find my iPhone, and email. Possibly $99 for access to all other features. This is in line with the report from AppleInsider indicating that some iCloud services will be free with the purchase of Lion.
This list could be entirely hypothetical, but TechCrunch has become a more reliable source of Apple rumors as of late, suggesting that there are truths mixed in with some speculation here. Regardless, iCloud is looking like an exciting service and we’ll find out for sure come WWDC next week.