Apple knowingly or unknowingly has taken a big step towards cloud integration. No make that gigantic. For someone who has to embrace cloud and move everything there, a lot of ground work has to be done. It still leaves a lot of sore points as their mobile or one of the computer isn’t synced. Apple in its iOS5 announcement yesterday, just showed what a true cloud integration should be. In the process, cloud becomes your new device or iDevice and everything else is an accessory.
Apple’s iCloud will sync almost all of your content wirelessly to the cloud and back to your other devices. New contacts and calendar events will be synced to all the iOS devices you own. You don’t have to install apps separately on all your devices. Install it once and run it on all your devices.
There’s a “Download from cloud” which can grab your purchased apps on to any device. All your pictures will be synced to the central storage and thus available from any devices. iTunes on cloud will make your music library central and accessible. iTunes match is another service which will let users to find all non-iTunes music and match them with iTunes songs which can then be accessed via iCloud. Piracy advocates will raise a stink about this, but I am sure Apple has a strong legal team like Microsoft.
That’s contacts, calendar, music, docs and pictures in the cloud. iCloud seems like the way cloud should be. iCloud makes you device agnostics though you still have to stick to iOS devices. The best part about iCloud is it’s free.
iPhone, iPad or the Mac is now just an accessory. iCloud has just become your iDevice.
PS : iOS5 works with iPhone 3G S and I am galloping about that.