Been looking for signs of iClouds on the horizon? Apple has quietly lifted the curtain on iCloud.com ahead of the official launch, which is scheduled for some time this fall. In addition, the company has disclosed pricing for those looking to purchase storage in addition to the free 5GB provided to users.
Revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, iCloud is Apple's new storage and syncing service. Integrating fully with OS X, iOS, and Apple hardware, iCloud can wirelessly push content to iPod touches, iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The successor to MobileMe also offers much of the original's functionality, including web-based e-mail, calendaring, and contact management. There is also a "webified" version of Apple's iWork productivity suite included in the beta.
Users hungry for more than the 5GB default will be able to get an additional 10GB for $20 per year, 20GB for $40 per year, and 50GB for $100 per year. By way of comparison, MobileMe costs $99 annually for 20GB of storage. That service will go dark on June 30, 2012.
Those visiting iCloud.com are presented with a log-in screen, but logging in doesn't appear to do much for some. (Each time I've attempted to log in, I've been presented with an iOS-style prompt to migrate my MobileMe account to iCloud. Pressing "Move" results in a redirect to a MobileMe 404 page.) The developer resources link below the sign-in fields appears functional.
9to5Mac appears to have been the first site to spot the beta of iCloud and has some screenshots of the web apps.
iCloud beta appears online along with prices for storage upgrades
firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Bangeman)
Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:44:00 GMT