Apple iCloud’s site has gone live and the pricing scheme has been released.
iCloud is free, and comes with 5GB storage but users have a few upgrade options.
- $20 – 10GB storage
- $40 – 20GB storage
- $100 – 50GB storage
Arizona based iCloud Communications is a VOIP equipment and service provider (although court documents reports them to also be a cloud computing company). iCloud Communications claims to have been using the iCloud term and logo (as seen above) since 2005. They are asking the court to revoke Apple’s iCloud trademark, force removal of all Apple iCloud marketing and pay damages. Apple purchased iCloud.com and the iCloud name from Xcerion for $4.5M back in April who then re-branded themselves as CloudMe. Thus far Xcerion was the only company to have iCloud trademarked (which Apple now owns) so the only thing that can really happen moving forward is Apple will pay out a handsome settlement or nothing. Infringing on others copyrights is not new to Apple
“Although Apple aggressively protects its trademark rights, Apple has a long and well known history of knowingly and willfully treading on the trademark rights of others — a history which began as early as the 1970s when Apple was first sued for trademark infringement by the Beatles record label, Apple Corp.”, says and iCloud spokesperson
Apple founder Steve Jobs announced a free service Monday that allows consumers to store vast amounts of music, video, photos and documents on the Web, one of several emerging “cloud” computing offerings that are diminishing the need for a computer.
Once a pioneer of the personal computer, Jobs forecast that his new iCloud service would replace the PC as the hub for people’s multimedia needs, making it far easier for them to gain access to their digital libraries on phones, tablets and a multitude of other devices that have an Internet connection.
The whole idea behind icloud is “logic”. Why are we continually sycing out devices; be it PC, mp3, video, tablet, mobile phone, etc. Why not just have everything localized and worldly accessible? Watch the video to find out more!
Video Source [cnet]
CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.
For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.