Photo sharing sites like Flickr and Picasa will be getting some competition this June, because Apple is preparing to enter the photo sharing arena. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will be updating its iCloud service to allow users to share sets of photos with one another.
While the current iteration of iCloud supports photo uploading, users are only allowed to upload to their own photo streams and sync the photos to their own devices.
The upcoming photo sharing capabilities will enhance the existing Photo Stream, adding both sharing and commenting. This is how current photo sharing services, like Flickr, Facebook, and Instagram, work.
In addition to photo sharing, Apple is planning on a feature that will let iCloud users sync personal video using iCloud. The Cupertino-based company is also planning to include iCloud functionality for both its “Notes” and “Reminders” apps, which are not currently supported.
The new iCloud features, which mark the first significant update to the service since its October launch, are expected to be included with iOS 6. Apple is planning to announce and preview the new iOS during the World Wide Developer’s Conference, which begins on June 11th.
There’s a lot of room for iCloud to grow, but Apple has been wary of releasing too many new features because of the cost of storing user data. At this time, users can currently store music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, but that could be extended to eventually include file storage services like Dropbox or document sharing, like Google Docs. Personally, I’d like to see enhanced iCloud and app integration, along with better browser syncing. What do you want Apple to add to iCloud?