iCloud welcomes 20 Million users in the first week

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Well this would make Steve Jobs proud, just one week after being unleashed, iCloud has already grown to over 20 million users, the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant announced Monday.

iCloud, allows users to sync all of their Apple devices. Available on the Mac, all iOS devices and Windows, Apple has just announced 25 million people have adopted the latest version of iOS and 4 million iPhone 4S handsets were sold during the first weekend of its availability.

The combination of all three products launching together are “significant upgrades to Apple’s mobile platform & in our opinion, should help continue to drive additional hardware sales due to Apple’s ‘halo-effect,’ UBS analyst Maynard Um told investors this past Monday.

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Apple Releases iOS 5

During the Lets Talk iPhone event Apple announced that they would be releasing iOS 5 today, and just as planned  iOS 5 is now available to download for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users. Users can obtain the update by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the “Check for Update” button. It may take a few minutes for the update to be ready for all users.

iOS 5 brings more than 200 new features, including Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, and systemwide Twitter integration.

iOS 5 is compatible with the iPad 2, original iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. It will also ship on the iPhone 4S, which launches on Friday. An iOS 5-based version of the Apple TV software is also available.

iCloud.com is now live!

Apple has unveiled the new iCloud homepage as of early this morning. While many users are saying they can’t log in, several people,  myself included, have been able to access the services, it does seem however as if you need to create your iCloud account through iOS 5 which will be released later today.

Not all of the features are enabled yet, mostly the iWork apps because they require an update to the iOS apps that hasn’t been pushed out yet. But we will keep you posted on any updates over the next few days!

Apple launches iCloud.com Beta

Apple has just launched its iCloud.com online service which will later be the successor to MobileMe. Those signed up to the service can now use their web browser to access their Mail, Contacts, Calendar and more.

You may recognize the login screen from the image that was leaked before WWDC back in June. Once you’re logged in you have access to your iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone and even your iWork documents.

If you’re already a MobileMe users, the interface will feel very familiar, though there are a number of updates to its appearance.

Apple reveals iCloud Subscription Pricing!

It didn’t take long after the  launch of the iCloud.com beta, before Apple unveiled the pricing structure for its iCloud storage upgrade options. For the first 5GB, iCloud is completely free, but if you need need more storage, subscriptions start at $20 a year for 10GB.

Here’s the full list of iCloud upgrade options:

  • 10GB — $20/year (£14, 16€)
  • 25GB — $40/year (£28, 32€)
  • 50GB — $100/year (£70, 80€)

You can upgrade to a paid iCloud subscription now as long as you’re running iOS 5 on one of your devices. To upgrade, navigate to the iCloud section of the Settings app, then select the ‘Buy More Storage’ button.

iCloud wirelessly backs up your camera roll, accounts, documents and settings when you plug your device into a power source, and everything is stored online negating the need to backup to your Mac or PC.