iCloud opens up for developers; Pricing revealed

Summary:Apple's iCloud opens the doors to developers; revealing the cloud-based features and pricing options.

Apple has opened one of many doors to the iCloud beta by making the MobileMe replacement accessible to the web.

iCloud.com is now available to Apple developers around the world. Users still require a developer account -- linked into their Apple ID -- to access the features, however.

Announced at WWDC 2011 in California in June, iCloud is the replacement to Apple's MobileMe service. It features your Contacts, Calendar, iWork and Find my iPhone -- all features available in both Mac OS X and iOS 5.

iCloud includes a new Mail application; similar in feel and look to Mac OS X Lion's Mail application, keeping consistency across the board. The same can be said with the other cloud-based applications, which includes Keynote and Numbers for Mac.

Pricing has also been revealed. As the iCloud comes with 5GB free storage, anything more than this will cost. This will reportedly be upgradable via the settings application in iOS 5, so users can upgrade as and when they wish, wherever they are in the world:

  • 10GB includes 15GB total iCloud storage at $20 per year
  • 20GB includes 25GB total iCloud storage at $40 per year
  • 50GB includes 55GB total iCloud storage at $100 per year

The full version of iCloud will be ready for the masses this fall.


Topics: Software Development, Apple, Cloud, Mobile OS


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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