Recent findings suggest that Apple’s iCloud service is getting close. Apple is due to release the highly awaited cloud service when iOS 5 launches later the fall, but the new features released to developers via OS X 10.7.2 could possibly be a big step towards an earlier release in September.
The new OS X 10.7.2 released to developers is an indication that Apple is certainly aiming to have probably the most advanced cloud syncing service this fall.
For example, iCloud seems to have its own dedicated section for Mail, Contacts & Calendars preferences that will allow us to setup selective pushes to Apple’s cloud depending on how much storage we need to use for syncing our data.
According to AppleInsider, the new iCloud service will probably have options to selectively enable or disable mail syncing, but also the ability to do the same for documents, Photo Stream, and other bandwidth-heavy items.
The pictures shared by AppleInsider show that the OS X beta includes iOS backups and other items. An interesting new feature is the “Buy More Storage” button, which seems to indicate that users will be able to buy more syncing capacity beyond the free 5GB given by Apple. No pricing details have been found yet. In addition, developers can now test iCloud capabilities for Mac applications as well.
The official switch to iCloud is not due until this fall. However, these new images and details show that Apple is almost ready to open its cloud to all of us. Get your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch ready. Stay tuned!
[Images Credit: AppleInsider]