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PRESS RELEASE 6. June 2011

Free cloud services offer more than anything else

SAN FRANCISCO, California - June 6, 2011 - Apple today announced iCloud, a groundbreaking suite of free cloud services that works seamlessly with all applications on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC and automatically and wirelessly all content in iCloud saves and automatically pushes it wirelessly to all devices of a user. As soon as something changes on a user's device, all of their devices are wirelessly updated at almost the same instant.
"It's really tedious and very frustrating to keep all information and content up-to-date across devices," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iCloud keeps all important information and content up to date on all devices of a user. Everything happens automatically and wirelessly and since it is integrated into the apps, you don't have to worry about it - it just works."
The free iCloud services include:
  • The former MobileMe Services Contacts, Calendar and Email - each with a completely new architecture and completely redesigned to work seamlessly with iCloud. Users can share calendars with friends and family, the ad-free push email account is hosted on 'me.com'. The inbox and all mailboxes are kept up to date on all iOS devices and computers of the user.

  • The App Store and iBookstore will now download all purchased iOS apps and books to all of the user's devices, not just the device from which they were purchased. In addition, the App Store and iBookstore now offer a shopping history - a simple tap of the finger on the iCloud symbol loads all apps and books onto any iOS device (up to 10 devices) without incurring additional costs.

  • iCloud Backup automatically and securely creates backups of iOS devices in iCloud. Data is backed up daily via WiFi as soon as the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is charged. Backed up content includes purchased music, apps and books, recordings (photos and videos), device settings, and data from the apps. If an iOS device is replaced, it is sufficient to enter the corresponding Apple ID and the corresponding password during the setup process and iCloud will restore the new device.

  • iCloud Storage seamlessly saves all documents created using iCloud Storage APIs and pushes them to every device of the user. If a document is changed on one of the devices, iCloud automatically pushes these changes to all other devices of the user. The apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Apple already use the iCloud storage service. Users get up to 5 GB of free storage space for their emails, documents and backups. This is all the more astonishing since the storage space for music, apps and books purchased from Apple and the storage volume that Photo Stream requires do not count towards this 5 GB total storage capacity. Users can also purchase additional storage space - details will be announced when iCloud launches this fall.

  • The innovative Photo Stream Service from iCloud automatically uploads all photos that a user takes with one of their devices or that they have imported onto one of their devices and pushes them to all of the user's devices and computers. For example, you can take a dozen photos of your friends using your iPhone during an afternoon baseball game and the captured images are available on the user's iPad (or even Apple TV) to share with the whole group as soon as you get home. Photo Stream is integrated in the Photo Apps of all iOS devices and in iPhoto on Macs and is saved in the Pictures folder of PCs. To save storage space, the latest 1,000 photos are stored on each device for viewing or moving to an album for permanent storage. Macs and PCs save all of the photos from Photo Stream because they have more storage space. iCloud stores every photo in the cloud for 30 days, enough time to connect your devices to iCloud and automatically download the latest photos from Photo Stream via WiFi.

  • iTunes in the Cloud enables iTunes music that has already been purchased to be downloaded to all of a user's iOS devices without incurring additional costs. New music purchases can be automatically downloaded to all of a user's devices. Thanks to iTunes Match, you can also get the same benefits for music not purchased from iTunes. iTunes Match is a service that replaces the user's music tracks with a DRM-free version in AAC format and a data rate of 256 kbit / s, provided the iTunes Store, which has over 18 million songs, has a corresponding counterpart. iTunes Match makes the corresponding music available within minutes (instead of the weeks it would take to upload a user's entire music library) and only uploads the small percentage of the user's music to the cloud that no equivalent could be found in the iTunes Store. iTunes Match will be available this fall for an annual fee of $ 24.99. Apple today released a free beta version of iTunes in the Cloud, without iTunes Match, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users whose devices are running iOS 4.3. iTunes in the Cloud will support all iPhone models running iOS 5, which will be released in the fall.

Apple is ready to launch iCloud in its three data centers, including the third recently completed in Maiden, NC. Apple has invested over $ 500 million in the Maiden data center to meet anticipated customer interest in free iCloud services.
Prices and availability
A beta version of iCloud and Cloud Storage APIs are now available to members of the iOS and Mac Developer Program at developer.apple.com. iCloud will be available at the same time as iOS 5 this fall. Users can sign up for iCloud for free using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or a Mac with Mac OS X Lion and a valid Apple ID. iCloud includes 5 GB of free storage space in the cloud for e-mail, document storage and backup. Purchased music, apps, books and photo streams do not count towards this storage limit. iTunes Match will be available for $ 24.99 per year (US only).
iTunes in the Cloud is available today in the US and requires iTunes 10.3 and iOS 4.3.3. Automatic download of apps and books is available starting today. The use of iCloud with a PC requires Windows Vista or Windows 7. Outlook 2010 or 2007 are recommended for access to Contacts and Calendar.
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