iCloud from Apple

Apple introduces iCloud

We just finished our review of iCloud on the iPad, and so far we love it.  It’s super easy to use (as are most products from Apple) and includes 5 GB of free storage.

The iCloud software for Windows is quick and easy to install and setup.  It resides in our system tray (though you can turn that off) and does not use a lot of system resources.  The setup is as simple as selecting what you want to sync to your computer:

icloud for windows

After updating our iPad to iOS 5.1, we went into the settings and found iCloud waiting for us.  There are just a few simple options:

icloud settings on ipad

If you click on Storage & Backup you’ll have a few more options and you’ll see how much space you are using:

icloud free storage and backup

Clicking on Manage Storage shows even more detail:

icloud manage storage options on ipad

Here’s some additional background information from Apple:

  • iCloud is seamlessly integrated into your apps, so you can access your content on all your devices. And it’s free with iOS 5.
  • iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.
  • Music, photos, books, and apps. Even email, contacts, and calendars. The Apple apps you use every day are built to work with iCloud.
  • iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless, and seamless — it just works.
  • iCloud is so much more than a hard drive in the sky. It makes it quick and effortless to access just about everything on the devices you use every day. iCloud automatically stores your content so it’s always available to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you access to your music, apps, latest photos, and more from whichever device you happen to be using. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required. In fact, no anything required. iCloud does it all for you.
  • iCloud comes with every new Apple device:  Every new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch comes with iOS 5. And every new Mac comes with OS X Lion. Which means the new Apple devices you purchase are all ready for iCloud, right out of the box.
  • Simple to use. Simple to set up.  iCloud is easy to use, and setting it up is no exception. It takes only a few steps before all your important stuff is up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.
  • When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. And that’s plenty of room, because of the way iCloud stores your content. Your purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows, as well as your Photo Stream, don’t count against your free storage. Since your mail, documents, Camera Roll, account information, settings, and other app data don’t use as much space, you’ll find that 5GB goes a long way. And if you need more storage, you can easily purchase a storage upgrade right from your device.
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