Determining the Usefulness of the iCloud

One of the major features of any iOS system is obviously the iCloud. It is, therefore, important to understand its operation and to know how to use it correctly. This brief text will try to help people understand everything they should know about the iCloud. First of all, what is there a need for icloud info?

The iCloud is a storage service, designated “in the clouds”, and one that gives access to the following features: iTunes, the App Store, and iBook. App Store apps that a person buys can be downloaded automatically or manually and will be downloaded to all of their iCloud compatible devices. Photos an individual takes through an iDevice automatically appears on all of their other iCloud-compatible devices. If a user has the same application on several devices and the device is iCloud compatible, their documents will be automatically updated on all devices.

The iCloud can schedule automatic or manual backups of a person’s device. Calendar, E-Mail, and Contacts – the iCloud updates all of this information so the user can switch between devices and resume operations without interruption. People can locate his or her friends and their devices, too. With an iCloud account, users benefit from both services. It is even convenient for finding friends and in case the user loses their device. The iCloud is compatible with Mac systems under OS X Lion and all iDevices under iOS 5, that is to say: IPhone 3GS, IPhone 4, IPhone 4S, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G, IPad 1, Apple iPad 2, and so on.

How does the iCloud work anyway? The data used by the iCloud is stored “in the clouds”, specifically on Apple’s servers. This data is sent from a user’s device to these servers and then retrieved from the user’s other devices. For all devices to benefit from these services, the user needs to set up an iCloud account. How much does this service cost? This service is free, or almost. Indeed, Apple offers users 5gb of storage only. If a person needs more storage, they will have to pay for it. Some services are useful and some – not so much. It is up to each device owner to determine which is which.