In a continuation of Apple’s iCloud revelations, following the availability of iCloud.com and beta versions of iWork for iOS to developers, Apple has now unveiled a brand new web app for Find My iPhone.
As Apple continues to venture into new territories, a new report suggests that Apple is preparing to launch a brand new video service as part of iCloud. The new service will be called iTunes Replay, and will allow users to re-download and possibly stream movies previously through iTunes.
Building on his earlier similar claims, Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek now claims that Apple already has the necessary deals in place with video studios and networks to launch their own Netflix-like video subscription service, which they’ll call iTunes Replay.
Following yesterday’s unveiling of iCloud.com to registered Apple iOS developers, Apple also released betas of iWork for iOS that feature iCloud support as well. The betas are only available through the iOS developer portal, and have no additional features other than iCloud support.
Apple today went live with iCloud.com – the web based portal that at the moment allows you access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iWork, and Find my iPhone from the Cloud. If you have a developer account you can login at iCloud.com.
Apple has seeded OS X Lion 10.7.2 to developers through their developer portal. The 10.7.2 release introduces iCloud functionality for Lion. No mention of 10.7.1. is made within the developer portal, indicating that it’s likely a minor update to the OS that we will see in the next few days / couple of weeks.
iOS 5 beta so far have been all about introducing, optimizing and refining the new features of iOS 5. iOS 5 has already featured iTunes in the cloud, reminders, and many enhancements across the OS, but iOS 5 Beta 4 has just brought Documents in the Cloud to the table.
Previously, we reported that Apple would be offering refunds to people that had unused MobileMe subscriptions, or still had significant time left on their existing subscriptions. Now, it appears that they are beginning to issue those refund checks!
Apple has just posted a new web page with the purpose of answering people’s questions about transitioning from MobileMe to iCloud, Apple’s new (free) service that launches this fall. The new page states which services will and won’t be sticking around by the time Fall rolls around.
Following yesterday’s refresh of new 2TB and 3TB Time Capsules, Apple apparently quietly refreshed their AirPort Extreme wireless base station as well. Considering that there are no visible spec changed (or price changes), however, I am curious as to why.
Following the departure of Apple Retail guru Ron Johnson, Apple Senior iOS Product Manager John Herbold has decided to leave Apple to become a product VP at HealthTeacher. Herbold was previously a senior product manager for MobileMe.
Many customers have become frustrated with Apple’s policy not to combine Apple IDs. Whether people start using iTunes, and later sign up for MobileMe or iCloud, want to retire an email address, etc, Apple does not provide a way to consolidate purchases between two Apple IDs.
As part of Apple’s release of and transition to their new, free iCloud service, Apple will reportedly be restoring people’s expired MobileMe accounts. A recent report indicates that 9to5Mac got ahold of an expired MobileMe account, and found that it had already been migrated to iCloud.
We’ve been hearing reports that Apple is getting ready to release new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsules. Further, the new devices will reportedly feature software caching that determines what devices connect to it and automatically download relevant updates, speeding up the process.
It looks like former Endgadget editor Joshua Topolsky’s rant yesterday about iCloud killing off MobileMe’s web apps was a bit overzealous. It seems iCloud will have a web interface after all.
Wi-Fi syncing to iTunes and backup via iCloud can’t come soon enough for lazy iPhone users since only about half of them sync and backup their devices.