iOS5 and iCloud

by Mick

iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features for your iPad (1 and 2) , iPhone (3GS, 4 and 4S), or iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation). It has been available from 12th October and initial reports indicated the Apple servers were suffering from the deluge of download requests - hopefully it is better now.

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In conjunction with iOS5, iCloud effectively provides you with your own hard disk space on the internet and is always available - as long as you have an internet connection, of course. It allows you to access your data from whatever device you are using and is supported for iOS devices, MACs and PCs.

5GB of free storage space is available but the storage of purchased music, apps and books doesn't count towards your usage. There is also an option to purchase additional storage if you find yourself running out of space.

Apple Apps on your iOS devices have been integrated with iCloud including iTunes for downloading your music, Photo Stream to automatically push new photos to all devices, Documents, purchased Apps and Books, synchronised Mail, Contacts and Calendars.

An additional use of iCloud, scheduled for the future, will be iTunes Match which will let you store your entire music collection even if you haven't purchased all the items from iTunes. At a current proposed cost of $24.99 a year, iTunes will determine which songs from your collection are already available in the iTunes store. Items which have a match will be added to your iCloud library otherwise you will have to upload a copy to your iCloud. As the iTunes store currently holds more than 20 million songs there is a good chance that your music is already in iCloud. Once this exercise is completed, you will be able to stream and store your music on any of your devices. All the music iTunes matches is played back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality.