Posted by Maria Ulfah
Apple iCloud, cloud, iphone5, ios 5 serve as a cloud-based music service (as is all but guaranteed by Apple’s recently sealed deals with the major music labels), says Gruber, but it will absorb much of the functionality currently tasked to iTunes. Right now, the Mac-based iTunes software serves as the syncing hub for iOS devices, like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Through iTunes, users update all their media, from music to e-books, as well as “App Store apps, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, and any sort of files shared between iOS apps,” writes Gruber. With iCloud, this could all change.
iPhone and iPad owners know, these devices still require a Mac/PC link to get started, and to keep the device properly backed up and updated. With the introduction of iCloud, iOS device users could never have to plug in their device to their Mac/PC again.
In short, the introduction of iCloud could deliver the true end of the PC era for Apple, a service that will allow Apple’s mobile devices to be just as powerful — perhaps more powerful — than the desktop or laptop home bases to which we’ve long been accustomed. If Apple’s iPhone and iPad lines sparked the beginning of the “post-PC” era, then an Apple iCloud, cloud, iphone5, ios 5 that closely matches Gruber’s and Fox’s predictions would usher in the evolution’s second act.