Apple to Introduce iCloud on June 6
Apple has revealed that its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6 will showcase iOS 5 and iCloud, a cloud computing service. iOS 5 is the latest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, and will likely introduce new features for compatible devices.
According to a Bloomberg Business Week article, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs will unveil a service that lets users store content online and tout a new version of the software that runs the iPad and iPhone.
Apple said it will demonstrate features of the new iOS software that powers the handheld devices, as well as Mac OS Lion, the eighth major update for the operating system for Mac laptops and desktops.
The new cloud offering -- to be called iCloud -- would be an overhaul of Apple’s MobileMe product, which was introduced in 2008 so users could pay $99 per year to store e-mail, calendar, photos and other content on Apple’s servers, says the article. The service from early on faced shortcomings, including an inability to receive or send e-mails.
The company has built a $1 billion data center in North Carolina that could be used to store content for a new cloud service, the article said.