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Feel so stupid but what, exactly is Icloud?

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    I keep hearing this term and that it will be on the next update for my IPad2, but I don't know what it is or what it will do for me.
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    It is a facility which Apple is providing for "Cloud Storage", which is basically allowing you to save your stuff on their servers. Becasue you don't know where it actually physically is you refer to is being "in the cloud". It's just storage space on Apple servers which you can use, and the Apps on your iPad will will be able to store documents and other stuff there if they are updated to support iCloud by the developers.

    If you've used DropBox or anything similar, iCloud is just Apple's flavour of this kind of service... Of course the fact it will be fully integrated into IOS and iTunes should make it a whole lot more interesting... :)

    Hope that helps.
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    will we ba able to store more music, vids, pics, apps, whatever than our device will allow?
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    no more worry about ITune back up. IOS 5 will allow you to cloud up wirelessly.
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    So let me get this straight.

    I'm a HUGE fan of photo editing/processing apps on the iPhone, say I took picture on my iPhone... iCloud will enable that picture to be viewed on my iPad 'automatically' and I will be able to edit that picture on my (soon to be mine) iPad with my favourite apps without syncing using cables??? Is that an example?

    OP, I've been trying to understand iCloud also! LOL! and it's probably very simple and and nowhere near as complex as I expect it to be!
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    iCloud is the new FTP. A place where everything you love will be eventually stored for easy access across iOS devices unless you do not have Internet access. It is a little hype combined with magic and wonder.
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    Apple - iCloud stores your content and pushes it to your devices.
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    UR welcome. I say give it a try and see if it is for you. You can turn it off quite easily. For me, the Cloud is a no no.
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    Is this so wise?

    Given the recent hacks into Sony etc, even Blackberry customers have been deprived for several days, can we really trust cloud services?

    You also need Internet access for cloud type services, to be safe i have all my critical stuff on a 3tb NAS having experienced days of lost Internet service due to fibre cable faults.

    Just what you need when the Custom & Excise Guys want to do a business check up :(
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    Reports indicate that ICLOUD could be a battery killer.
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    unless used on battery for lots of files or over often, i'd have thought it will only draw power when in use surely?
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    ITunes 10.5 is available for download, has been for a bit. And supposedly iOS5 should be out for download today. Can anybody verify this?

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    The Icloud will be running in the background.
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    I'd expect it would only update when changes are detected?
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    Concerning iCloud and the iOS 5 update: since I'm currently waiting for the update to finish "restoring apps" I wanted to make sure-is the update restoring ALL of the apps in iTunes or just the apps on my iPad? I really hope it's the latter because I have way too many apps on iTunes! Thanks in advance!

    Edit: Oops sorry-I took a quick glance and it says "Restoring iPad apps". Thank you anyway! Have a great day=D
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    Like any cloud services, you have to decide that for yourself. If you have a Gmail account or use Google Docs or Dropbox or Flikr or Picasa or store videos on YouTube, you're already using the cloud (or a myriad of other services). I imagine most people have been using some version of a cloud service for years and years, but just recently "cloud" has become a big buzzword. But that being said, I'm real careful with what I put up there, because as you said, hacking attempts and the requirement of internet connectivity is kindof a pain. Thankfully Google Docs now has an offline mode so that's not an issue for me as far as that particular service is concerned. Not sure if the iCloud offers offline or not (no real plans to use it honestly).
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    downloaded it today using Verizon Mi-Fi router. Took about 4 hours ... i didn't have to do anything except be patient.
    Using it now. App loads and page refreshes are twice as fast (using iPad2) ... reported as twice as fast as original iPad.
    No install issued whatever. Now I am in a learning phase.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011

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