More and more Apple users are using the delights of cloud-based mobile storage. iCloud was created to replace MobileMe's online storage, and it seems to do a great job with this, as evidenced by the number of users of this service.
iCloud is an Internet service that supports Apple's push technology. This service was first announced on June 6, 2011 but in beta test, and only for developers. On October 12, 2011, the "cloud" service became available to Apple users. And now, according to the official report for the third quarter of 2012, Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer, the number of users of the service has exceeded 150 million people.
During the reporting event, the CFO stressed that Apple users have a huge interest in iCloud, and in the third quarter of 2012 alone, the number of service users increased by 25 million - from 125 million to 15 million as of June 30, 2012.
Why is the iCloud service so attractive to users? The answer is simple - the service contains the following components
- Photo stream
- The calendar
- Find iPhone
By connecting the service, the user has 5 GB of space for free online storage of information. Using more memory is possible, but for an additional payment - for example, an extra 20 GB will cost about $ 40 per year.
iCloud can sync information between iPhone, iPad and personal computer. Some of the service's functions are also available to the user thanks to the iCloud web interface.
Apple's main cloud competitors are equally reputable services: Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Apple's management is trying to compete with them, and according to the company's CFO, in the near future the user will have access to new features of the service and an increased amount of free "cloud" space for storing information.