What exactly IS iCloud?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yoshibirdofan, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. yoshibirdofan macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to cloud...does that mean I can save all my photos on there? Can someone explain in-depth? Thanks!
  2. bassett700 macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2009
    Dingus, VA
    Here's a good starting point: http://www.apple.com/icloud/what-is.html
  3. yoshibirdofan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    So basically it's the best thing ever? loll! but seriously, let me see if I get this right. I take a picture, and it saves on the cloud. When I update my device from my iPhone, I won't lose my stuff because it's on the cloud?
  4. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
  5. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Its the next step away from having to use iTunes to sync downloaded data.

    Im looking forward to iCloud and ios5.

    However I'm an animal of habit so i will still be using iTunes too.
  6. gta50419 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    You save stuff into "the cloud" and your iPhone use Internet data to play songs and show pics off "the cloud" without using your phone storage space.

    I really don't see how it's going to be successful, unless companies offer unlimited data plans.
  7. shandyman, Sep 11, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011

    shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    photostream only uploads over wifi. Also the photos stay on your device as well as uploading to the cloud. iTunes match downloading is manual, so you choose to do it over 3G if you want, again, it's not streaming so you just have it on the device. Backup only automatically runs when over wifi, locked and plugged in, you can manually initiate it, so again, you choose what's over 3G and using your data plan.
  8. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    My god, when is this incorrect perception going to die!
    The cloud does not save storage space on your phone.
    To look at a pic or to listen to a song the item will have to be transferred to your phone. In other words, downloaded.
    If you're the type that listens to only one song or one album and then instantly deletes it then yes, maybe the cloud will save you storage space.
    But if you want instant access to all of your music like the millions of iPhone users are already used to then it is all going to end up being stored on your phone.
  9. SteveWorks macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2011
    Paris, France
    iCloud = Cloud.. something you can see but you cannot touch..
  10. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
  11. DanteMann macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    Cloud services have been around forever. iCloud is just Apple catching up and introducing something as new and innovative, but in fact has already been around forever. Sorry OP to bust your bubble if you thought otherwise.
  12. tahoeroscoe macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    Just means your stuff gets stored on the internet vs locally on your physical device. It can be both, locally and on the cloud, but cloud refers to internet, non-local storage.
  13. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    The cloud replicates your data to your other devices. Take a picture with your iPhone and it automatically uploads to the cloud and the cloud pushes it down to your iMAC, iPAD or PC.

    You now have the picture you just took with your iPhone on all your other devices! Works with documents too.

    Developers are going to have access to the APIs to build the functionality into their apps.
  14. ndrosubiyanto macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2010
    Use Dropbox, sir, you'll have the cloud experience!
  15. kelau09 macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2007
    i've been using dropbox for over a year.
    i thought iCloud was something innovative.
    no wonder apple tried to buyout dropbox.
  16. yoshibirdofan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010

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