Is iCloud just for those with multiple devices?

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  1. reck macrumors newbie

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    I’m I correct in thinking iCloud’s primary purpose is to sync data (contacts, email, photos )between multiple apple devices, i.e. mac,iphone,ipad?

    If so does iCloud offer any other benefits to single device users such as myself who just owns an iphone or should I just turn it off?

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  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    yes and no because iCloud could be your main email as well. My MobileMe account soon to merge to iCloud is my main email that I have used for the past 4 years now.
     
  3. mms13 macrumors 6502

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    Another one of iClouds big selling points is the fact that iPhone and iPad users do not need to rely on syncing to a computer anymore. Since backups and syncs are performed via the cloud, you could realistically never sync with iTunes on your computer again.
     
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    If your phone fell in a lake I'd sure think it'd be great to be able to restore a lot of your data just by buying a new phone and logging into a free service.

    You do know that it's free, right?
     
  5. profets macrumors 68040

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    For single device use are you not including a computer? Some advantages I think of even for single iDevice use would be backups and photostream
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I think the more iDevices you have the more benefits you'll see but the benefits of iCloud seem to reach even single iDevice users.
     
  7. reck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I should mention that I use gmail for my mail/contacts/calendar and will be sticking with that in iOS5.

    So it seems from the replies that the main benefit for me is for backing up\syncing?
     
  8. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    i think their selling point is the more devices, the merrier. since you have multiple devices itll be so easy to keep them synced. i started using icloud yesterday and its great. backing up to icloud does take a little time but i think it will get better in the upcoming weeks. the layout of icloud.com is more enriched than me.com too.
     
  9. reck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep that was the impression I was getting, but i've not used iCloud yet.
     
  10. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    yea its typical apple :p

    but this will make it so much easier for my family who never syncs or backs up, ios 5 will make it 100 times easier.

    i got 10.7.2 from imzdl. works flawlessly.
     
  11. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    iCloud has nice benefits for the owner of a single iOS device or someone who owns more than one.
     
  12. akuma13 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a google user too and sync with gmail, google calendar and contacts. Apple's native apps seem to synch well with google that I'm not sure if there is a benefit to switch to icloud. It would be nice if icloud had a migrate function though.
     
  13. reck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes google mail\contacts\calendar via exchange works fantastically on the iphone so I have no intention of moving.
     
  14. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    What happens to the find my iPhone app? Does it carry over to icloud? I want to register my phone to find my iPhone so should I wait till icloud is out or do you still register it via mobile me?
     
  15. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    icloud has find my iphone. it also has find my mac, but i am not sure if that is working yet, its not for me.
     
  16. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    I use the same. What I use iCloud for (I am running the iOS 5 GM) is for the backups that happen when you normally sync with itunes... I want the backup of all my apps, settings and photos in the cloud rather than on my computer - I never liked the fact that iDevices were tied to computers in that way and neither did Apple.

    I believe there is some confusion about people's itunes store account and their me/icloud account. Mine are NOT THE SAME. At first, it annoyed me but now that I see how it works I am glad and let me explain why. My wife, daughter and I share my itunes store account, so whatever we buy we share among devices, it makes it easier and cheaper. So, with my itunes store account and my icloud/me account sign ins being different, we can continue to share the itunes store account but each have separate icloud accounts for backups, storage and photostream. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
     
  17. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    if you so choose, iCloud will become your new primary email. Also, just like mobile me, there will be a sync panel for windows, so if you have a computer (im assuming if you have an iPhone you have a computer), you can use icloud to keep photos, contacts, etc in sync. You will also be able to have your phone backup to the cloud, ensuring no matter what you wont lose your data (if you also backup to your PC, so you have one stored locally and one in the cloud).
     
  18. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Yea find my iPhone will be available. Anyways, find my iphone/ipad/ipod already works with your apple ID!
     
  19. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Yeah but I would have to create a mobile me account to have it on here

    Do I wait till icloud is out to register it or does it just go through mobile me even after icloud is out?
     
  20. reck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ohh that sounds good. My family do the same, share an itunes store account. It's good that you can have a separate icloud account for the reasons you mention.
     

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