Apple to detail iCloud, iOS 5 and OS X Lion on June 6

Yep, the rumour sheet can now be taken off. Apple has just confirmed via a short press statement that the company has indeed been working on a cloud service (as everyone expected) and will unveil the service at the Monday, June 6 keynote address at WWDC. It is still unclear exactly how much the cloud service, named as iCloud officially in the press release, will cost users, however it has been rumoured that Apple might add cloud music into the existing MobileMe service which costs US$99 per year.

According to many reports, the iCloud service will allow users to play their music collection through the internet without having to download the necessary music files. This will be allowed by the major music labels, three out of four of which have signed deals with Apple to allow the service to go ahead, and partly facilitated by Apple’s sizable music collection needed for the iTunes Store. iCloud will also apparently be able to scan a user’s digital library and quickly upload all files to their servers, with the service replacing low-quality tracks with high-quality Apple copies.

The iCloud service will be detailed alongside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5 at the address no doubt by Steve Jobs himself. These two operating systems will be the main feature of the keynote, and as iOS 5 was mentioned there is a high change Apple will release the heavily rumoured iPhone 4S at the event as well.

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Why.. WP7 will grow up faster then you may think, OS X has nothing over WIN7 that makes it better. Having to work with OS X and seeing it's weakness in some crucial areas (for me) I have no real love for it. Mind you I am not saying it is bad, unstable, unusable or anyting just that it certainly is not better when compared to WIN7.

It's been a long time since Apple has had a true wow moment technology wise.. it's mostly marketing and hype building.

I am sure MS is taking notice, but they're doing it sitting back in a relax chair right now..

paulheu said,
Why.. WP7 will grow up faster then you may think, OS X has nothing over WIN7 that makes it better. Having to work with OS X and seeing it's weakness in some crucial areas (for me) I have no real love for it. Mind you I am not saying it is bad, unstable, unusable or anyting just that it certainly is not better when compared to WIN7.

It's been a long time since Apple has had a true wow moment technology wise.. it's mostly marketing and hype building.

I am sure MS is taking notice, but they're doing it sitting back in a relax chair right now..


Agreed! Microsoft will be even more relaxed with Windows 8. A Laptop/tablet hybrid thats has Windows desktop version and tablet version. Who can mess with that!

FMH said,

Agreed! Microsoft will be even more relaxed with Windows 8. A Laptop/tablet hybrid thats has Windows desktop version and tablet version. Who can mess with that!

Depends on its price and performance. So far running the desktop version of Windows on a tablet hasn't made much of an impression. Many here on Neowin are obsessed with wanting a tablet the size of an iPad running a full desktop operating system, yet the ongoing success of the iPad shows most consumers aren't really looking for that.

.Neo said,

Depends on its price and performance. So far running the desktop version of Windows on a tablet hasn't made much of an impression. Many here on Neowin are obsessed with wanting a tablet the size of an iPad running a full desktop operating system, yet the ongoing success of the iPad shows most consumers aren't really looking for that.

+1
The vast majority of consumers (which is where the money is) haven't wanted a full computer in tablet form. I absolutely think Windows 8 on a tablet would suck. Microsoft also doesn't have to just copy Apple and Google and use their mobile OS. I think they have the resources to develop a third OS. A hybrid between desktop and mobile.

Owww .. I'm scared that iOS could be sooo much better than Mango (it would at least catch up with 'current' OS's) x.x

astroX said,
Owww .. I'm scared that iOS could be sooo much better than Mango (it would at least catch up with 'current' OS's) x.x

Why on earth does this scare you!?

kiddingguy said,
Hopefully it will run on my 3GS...
If it will then I think I might wait for the iPhone 5, otherwise I'm going to buy an iPhone 4S

Rudy said,
If it will then I think I might wait for the iPhone 5, otherwise I'm going to buy an iPhone 4S

Might be a good idea... however, when will iPhone 5 be released? Otherwise I'm getting the iPhone 4S (or whatever it will be called) as well.

kiddingguy said,
Hopefully it will run on my 3GS...
Given they stopped supporting the 3G at 4.2.1 its pretty doubtful

.Neo said,
iTouch 3GS? It's either a 3rd generation iPod touch or an iPhone 3GS.

I meant iPod touch 3GS only! that's a shorter way to say it

.Neo said,
iTouch 3GS? It's either a 3rd generation iPod touch or an iPhone 3GS.

i get your point now! it should be 3rd generation not 3GS....my bad!

Watching/tracking these keynotes I always end up slightly disappointed. I think people will be even more so this time around when we have both iOS 5 and Lion. Obviously I hope I'm wrong, but Lion is pretty much an iOS-ing of the interface (Mission Control and Launchpad really are not necessary with Spaces, Expose, the Dock, and Stacks) and iOS 5 needs to be totally different to previous versions (as we had expected 4 to be) to make an impact.

"the iCloud service will allow users to play their music collection through the internet"

Err am I missing something here.. next theyll be putting loads of memory on your phone so you can carry your music with you!

Doesn't Zune already offer unlimited streaming? Can we actually say Apple has copied MS here? And does it make this MS fanboy go nuts? No...

jimmyfal said,
Doesn't Zune already offer unlimited streaming? Can we actually say Apple has copied MS here? And does it make this MS fanboy go nuts? No...

Or we can just say nothing and not start wars in every Apple article? I mean these are going to be pretty standard services offered by all the top companies, it's the way the internet is moving. They'll all offer similar services with their own spin on it.

jimmyfal said,
Doesn't Zune already offer unlimited streaming? Can we actually say Apple has copied MS here? And does it make this MS fanboy go nuts? No...

Zune wasn't the first service to offer it either, so what you're on about I have no idea...

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