iOS 5 came out yesterday and with it came the iCloud. Apple's iCloud streams music, photos, documents and apps to any of iOS device, but not movies. Apple is reportedly ironing out deals with Hollywood studios to make streaming movies from the iCloud happen.
Pushing your music, photos, files and digital goodies "to the cloud" has become a common selling point. In commercials, after the pronouncement of those seemingly magical words, people are able to instantly watch their movies and listen to their music from almost anywhere. These promises aren't false. In a world where any device with a Wi-Fi connection was plugged into the cloud, you really could access your files anywhere. The problem is that we're on the frontier of such a reality, and there are dangers — serious dangers — that we'll have to tackle alongside the strengths offered by the cloud. Here's our forecast for the future of cloud computing.
It's pretty obvious at this point that Apple will be unveiling the iPhone 5, or whatever it will be called, within the next couple of months. But could they also be prepping an "iCloud iPhone" at the same time?
You know how Mac OS X Lion kind of makes your full-bodied Macintosh look a little more like an iPad? Well, turns out that's exactly the point: "We're going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device," Steve Jobs said, onstage at WWDC today. "We're going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud."
Apple has already announced that they'll be unveiling iCloud next week. But what is iCloud, exactly?