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Old 06-07-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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This looks to be a fundamental change in how we will use computers and related devices. Its all pretty amazing stuff imo that takes what we've seen so far with stuff like Google cloud apps and docs to a new level. More interesting is the way apps and files are localized on devices but cloud is used to synch multiple devices with those localized apps and files.

With iCloud, all your devices will have the capability to synch across each other, courtesy of the cloud, without you having to do anything. Docs you create in one place will appear on other devices in the exact same state. iCloud doesn't just store stuff for fetching but also pushes it to the individual devices so its accessible immediately and offline at a later date.

I also like the idea behind iCloud and photos - you can set it up so that when you take a photo, its automatically sent to the cloud and then to all your other devices.

With 10.7 and iOS5, you don't need to save anything anymore - Apple basically implemented Time Machine as Versions so you get unlimited version backups plus no more save prompts - its all already saved.

Apps you purchase on any one device will be available on the other devices.

Even with the potential drawbacks with cloud computing, this is a pretty remarkable system for end users that will really effect how they interact with their devices.

Has anyone else been reading up on all this?
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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"Has anyone else been reading up on all this?"

I've been following this closely due to Apples habit of leading the way to a new business model for computing in general.

I see a most of the physical equipment needed to do computing being reduced to a tablet and cloud storage/control of everything else.

That said , I also see a monthly fee , just like cable TV, to be able to use your computer.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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That said , I also see a monthly fee , just like cable TV, to be able to use your computer.
Most iCloud functionality will be free. The fee ($24.99/year) is for iTunes Match, which syncs your existing music library (not purchased through iTunes) with files on the iCloud server. It’s only necessary if you have a large collection of CDs that you want duplicated on all of your devices. If you bought a track through iTunes, it will sync automatically for free. All of your Contacts, Mail, documents and photos sync for free as well. Very cool.

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Old 06-07-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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...and 25 a year is pretty damn cheap. Way cool.

Apple is taking the same course with cloud computing as they did with the mp3 player (ipod).

They didn't invent them, but they will make it a lot easier for the most of a mass audience to use.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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That said , I also see a monthly fee , just like cable TV, to be able to use your computer.
One important thing I've keyed on is that Apple is letting all the content reside on your computer or device whilst synching it automatically across them.

Rather than setting up your personal experience as a service, the general idea is its still all yours, but there are definitely service aspects that could come of it, but thats the case with all cloud solutions right now. Its all being done for free with the new systems and iCloud which is pretty cool imo.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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One important thing I've keyed on is that Apple is letting all the content reside on your computer or device whilst synching it automatically across them.

Rather than setting up your personal experience as a service, the general idea is its still all yours, but there are definitely service aspects that could come of it, but thats the case with all cloud solutions right now. Its all being done for free with the new systems and iCloud which is pretty cool imo.
Won't the temptation to link all the icloud computers prove to tempting to build a monster computer??
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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Since I have three different job sites, with different computer, plus my freelance business, I can see a lot of advantages.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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I know this may be a very dumb question, but I would assume that ICloud only works with Apple Devices? If you have say three main non Apple computers, and an IPod Touch, as I do, does it work with the non Apple Computers from one to another or only with one computer to your Apple Device?
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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probably a closed, integrated system.
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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I know this may be a very dumb question, but I would assume that ICloud only works with Apple Devices? If you have say three main non Apple computers, and an IPod Touch, as I do, does it work with the non Apple Computers from one to another or only with one computer to your Apple Device?
Certain aspects work with Windows - the whole idea is to make the computer "just another device". I haven't checked all the details but some stuff was expressly stated as working with Windows.

This an Apple solution though, so I wouldn't expect full integration with non Apple products. Apple did state it works for up to ten devices though.
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