Apple iCloud Was Briefly Accessible by Non-Developer Accounts: My Impressions

Apple’s iCloud promises to provide the network glue between Macs, PCs and iOS (iPhone/iPad) devices that .Mac and Mobile Me could not. 9to5Mac provides an overview of what those with developer account can see today.

iCloud.com opens up for developers, features iPad-like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iWork apps

9to5Mac also provides pricing information for getting additional storage over and above the default free 5GB provided with an iCloud account.

iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB (update: UK and EU prices)

I was able to login to iCloud.com using an ordinary consumer (non-developer) account yesterday. However, this did not work when I tried it after that. I was, however, able to see that the web calendar and contacts service looked very much like Apple’s iPad apps. Accessing the iCloud iWork components (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) resulted in instructions to use the iCloud option in the iOS (iPad and iPhone) apps. The version of the apps currently installed on my iPad do not, however, support this feature yet. As you can see from the screenshot I took of the main iCloud page, iCloud’s icons look just like iOS mobile app icons. Mobile’s influence in Apple is both deep and wide these days.

I should also note that I used Chrome on a notebook running Windows 7 to work with iCloud during the brief time it was available through my consumer account.

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