I was pleased that Apple’s iCloud met 10 out of 12 of the customer-critical requirements we listed before the announcement! The combination of Apple’s iCloud, iMusic, Lion (the next gen OS for the Mac available next month), and iOS 5 (the next gen OS for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch—available “this Fall”) is a HUGE innovation in ubiquitous computing. It’s invisible computing. With this next generation Apple experience, YOU are truly the center of your universe. The devices you use are interchangeable (as long as they run iOS!), and ALL YOUR INFORMATION—from digital assets to contact lists to work in progress—are automagically synched, behind the scenes, to the Apple iCloud. Apple has done this without requiring you to DO anything. It’s the default. And, as Steve Jobs puts it, “It just works!”
iCloud Provides Seamless Synching of All Your Work and Assets. Whenever your devices are Internet-connected (via broadband, WiFi, or mobile communications) they will automatically synch everything you do on each device to the iCloud and back to all your other i-devices. This is HUGE! We’ve had applications that synched magically before: Lotus Notes, Blackberry mail, all the Google apps (calendar, email, etc.), Evernote, and many, many more. But we’ve never had ALL our apps and ALL our files and ALL our music and ALL our photos synched up immediately. And you don’t need to own a Mac (or a PC) or any computer to have this capability. This is the Post-PC, multiple-device, use it, and don’t worry if you lose it, era!
Keeps Every Version of Your Work in Progress. Lion and iOS 5—the next versions of the Apple OS—also handle automatic version control. You don’t have to save your work in progress. Everything is saved and versioned automagically. You can continue to work exactly where you left off, using any application, and you can revert to an earlier version, or retrieve something from an earlier version. You don’t have to re-set up your work environment either. All of your open menus, the position of your cursor, etc., will be exactly the way you left them. The first applications to make use of this capability will be Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—the Apple suite of office apps. But, soon, any application that is ported to run on Lion will have that automatic versioning capability built in.