Apple Programmers Get Step Ladder To iCloud

Registered members of the Apple Developer Program can now get early access to the new Apple iCloud service.

Early access in this case will mean that users can migrate their existing MobileMe accounts to the as yet unreleased Apple iCloud service.

Popular among Apple devotees, the company’s MobileMe brand encompasses a collection of subscription-based services and software offerings, originally launched in January 2000 as a web-based extension to Apple software services.

Apple describes iCloud as a, “Breakthrough set of free new cloud services that work with applications on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices.”

At this ‘early’ stage, the option to migrate is only open to registered Apple programmers who can visit to initiate the migration. The public release is expected to drop this autumn with a range of storage pricing options upward from the initial free 5GB.

“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it — it all just works.”

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