Apple has launched the beta version of its web portal for iCloud, its suit of music services. iCoud.com features versions of its Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Find my iPhone. These apps were earlier available through the MobileMe service. A web app for iWork has also been included which covers iCloud’s file storage for documents created in Apple’s Keynote, Pages and Numbers iOS applications.
The new site, which resides at iCloud.com, features a similar front-end to Me.com, which will be shuttered next year with Apple’s MobileMe service. Visitors can view Web e-mail, manage contacts, view and edit calendar events, and access the Find My iPhone tool. A new entrant to the bunch is a Web app for iWork, which outline iCloud’s file storage for documents created in Apple’s Keynote, Pages and Numbers iOS applications. Whats missing is Apple’s cloud music services, including iTunes Match.
The site is accessible to developers with Apple ID so that they can test the service. But reportedly MobileMe customers on Mac OS X desktops and notebooks can also have access. According to AppleInsider, some MobileMe users are able to log in and are able to access to working apps, while others are being told to shift their existing mobileMe data over to iCloud through a popup window which is not yet functional.
The prices for iCloud have also been revealed by Apple. “5GB of free storage is plenty for most people. But if you need extra space, you can always buy additional storage,” says Apple. The cost for additional data storage is:
- 10 additional GB for $20
- 20 additional GB for $40
- 50 additional GB for $100
So apparently iCloud will be replacing MobileMe, which is an Apple service. It includes similar interface and features while iWork has been a new addition. Stay tuned with us and we will continue to bring more updates on the iCloud beta.
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