If you’re like me and share an iTunes account with my wife, but also have me.com addresses for both your phones contacts etc I have finally found a definitive answer on setting up iOS 5.
Essentially go to settings > iCloud and use your me.com username (After converting it), and for iTunes you go to Settings > Store and used your iTunes ID there. Same for Mac. Settings Me.com use your iCloud info, and in iTunes use your iTunesID for your iTunes.
So you keep your iCloud individuality, but your iTunes are kept separate so they can still be shared with the family.
If you possess a developer account for Mac or iOS then you can begin testing iCloud features if you’re feeling adventurous. Apple has also released pricing.
10GB(15GB Total) 20.00
20GB(25GB Total) 40.00
50GB(55GB Total) 100.00
There’s no doubt that the iPhone and other smart phones have put many carriers at the mercy of their users increase in usage. This is the famous problem that has happened again and again with AT&T over the years with users fed up with speeds far beneath what their phones are capable of. IOS 5′s rumored cloud features would magnify this problem and expose more weak areas in carrier’s 3G networks, but their 4G networks should be built to handle the increased workload. A 3G cell tower may have several 1.544Mbps T1 circuits working in tandem to provide what you currently see for speeds. A 4G cell tower should have at minimum a fiber link with up to 1 gigabit worth of bandwidth to measure up to the speeds capable by these devices. There is also of course the issue of backhaul at the carrier switching centers where you can still experience congestion. Carriers might not be thrilled to have a multitude of devices suddenly streaming all the data that’s currently stored on the device and seeing constant uploads of pictures and video from users instead of them doing this over their WiFi or being plugged into iTunes or other sync software. This increase will be especially painful on current 3G networks which will not see upgrades vs 4G networks that can be upgraded easier.
The other interesting thing that IOS 5 cloud features could provide is cheaper iPhones. A 16 gig phone can have a few hundred gigs of cloud storage making the more expensive phones a luxury most can do without and Apple may phase out larger phones to have users opt for a monthly payment for increased storage. Carriers currently hold the ball for the future. In fact making sure people have the fastest access ensures they’re off the air channel as fast as possible allowing spectrum to be re-used for other people. Limiting LTE only serves to clog the limited air interface with people taking longer than they should to download content, even streaming can be done in bursts.
Only Time Will Tell.
Okay it’s probably not true, but is an interesting story about how Klint Finley @ ReadWrite Cloud believes that Apple may either be using Azure a product of Microsoft to run iCloud, or possibly using Amazon’s EC2/AWS cloud to host the service. There is also thoughts on possibly one of the two plus some CDN workings. I’m on the fence about it really, one data center does not make for redundancy and Apple’s other data centers are not as big. Although considering that iTunes Match will lessen the storage burden it’s anyone’s guess what’s going on behind the scenes. For Microsoft this would be a perfect back story they’ve been dreaming of to say Apple chose Windows not Linux. I believe that Apple most likely went with a hybrid solution, but until we see bigger facilities being built it’s anyone’s guess what’s going on. The real proof is when Amazon has its next outage, you’ll know then.
This file from Google Docs shows an Apple document that details the steps to migrate into the iCloud for iOS 5, Lion, and Windows 7. It’s all pretty much straightforward, but I am disappointed there are still not any better options for Windows 7 users for calendar data other than Outlook which costs those users a lot of money if they can not get a student discount.
Phillip Elmer-Dewitt over at CNN Money writes about Apple’s upcoming iTunes Match feature and it’s ability to give those who pirated music a way to upgrade the quality of their music to sanctioned 256k AAC music files. He is technically correct, if a user stole their music and used iTunes Match, then it would fix them up with better quality files than what they may have pirated off the internet. Probably a few music exec’s are having a collective apoplexy right now after realizing what they just gave away for 24.99 a year.
On the other hand, if iTunes replaces those songs of an active pirate, then if they share those songs out, there’s a paper trail because their itunes account information is embedded into the files.
Looks like Apple posted it sometime last night finally. You can download it at http://www.apple.com/itunes/
· Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
· Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
· iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
· This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.
Apple announced iTunes 10.3 at the Keynote and would be available today, but Apple’s website is still showing downloads for 10.2.2. Software update also does not show any new version of iTunes available for download as well. We’ll keep you updated as soon as the download becomes available.
While these features will not work differently than the me.com days, we find several powerful improvements. Contacts again will sync to all your devices, Mail brings you all the original features, except it’s now free and will push emails you receive to all your devices, and iCloud will keep all the folders in sync.
Calendar has some great additions to it. The ability to share calendars so an entire family can keep track of appointments and such. Put your kids receipt date of grade report and a reminder that even they will see that there’s no escaping giving it to you. All events are pushed to everyone else who you provide access to. Great for Teams or Workgroups.
What would an iCloud service be without some way to manage files and back them up? Not much of one. Apple makes this super simple by having this built into their Apps such as Pages and Numbers, which released a few weeks ago had the functionality built in. So now you can cloud your files and access them from any of your devices.
For your Apps again with the iTunes past purchases, you get your Apps past purchases. There are apps I’ve bought and I forget about them only to be surprised I dont have to pay because I paid before. Now I can just look at a list and see what I’m missing. When you purchase an app, it’s available to all your other devices as well through a push feature.
iBooks now will sync across all your devices tied to your iCloud. It will remember where you left off and sync this all to your other devices so you can resume what you were doing later even if it’s a different device.
API’s Apple hit the nail on the head with this product and the API’s available to developers allow them to build this functionality into their apps so you can get the best features through 3rd party apps from the app store as they become available.
Backup and Restoration – OMG this is awesome. If you purchase a new iPhone or had to replace it, and it’s part of your iCloud, just enter your account info and it’s all synced wirelessly to your new device and you can pick up where you left off. No more picking up the pieces if you ever had to replace your iPhone or iPad, finally.
iPhones without iTunes as well no need for a PC to activate or even use your iPhone.