Announced back at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple’s iCloud.com portal has just gone live.
iCloud is the successor to MobileMe, but offers a lot more functionality than that now defunct service. iCloud “stores your content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. It automatically uploads it, stores it, and pushes it to all your devices.”iCloud.com is only in Beta at the moment and access is only available to developers. However those using Mac OS 10.7.2 or beta versions of iOS 5 and who have an iCloud account have also been given access. The service currently gives you access to web-based versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find my iPhone and iWork. Currently it does not give you access to Apple’s cloud music services such as iTunes Match.
All users will be given 5GB of online storage in iCloud for free, but for those looking to purchase additional storage, pricing for the US has been revealed. An addition 10GB will cost $20, 20GB will cost $40 and 50GB will retail for $100 – all of those price being per year of course.
Initial reports suggest that iCloud is operating like a modified version of MobileMe including a similar interface. Similar to Mac OS X Lion, iCloud will provide full preferences within each web app.
iCloud is slated for a full launch sometime in the next couple of months coinciding with iOS 5.