Apple iPhone 5 Could Feature iCloud: Spanning Across Services

The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the focus of news and speculation despite the recent news that it may not arrive until later this year. The latest developments about the iPhone 5 concern the fact that it could feature the new Apple iCloud, which could span across several services.

Among our recent stories about the iPhone 5 we asked if you’d rather see the next iPhone or the new iMac, and in another article took at look at the iPhone 5 against 15 Android smartphones. Back in March though, we told about changes to Apple’s Mobile Me service and spoke about the possible inclusion of cloud storage. At one time it was thought that Apple’s cloud storage would be primarily music-based but Sindre Lia over on InfoSync reports it will expand across different products and services. iCloud would be a kind of improved MobileMe service allowing users to sync and store information, with possible new features such as social photo sharing. InfoSync goes on to speculate the arrival of the iPhone 5 later in 2011 with both iOS 5.0 and iCloud.

Over on Apple Insider Kasper Jade tells more about the new iCloud and also speculates it will be for more than music alone. Apparently Apple has already started using the new name across several products being developed and it does seem a pretty likely bet that iCloud will be the official name for Apple’s upcoming cloud storage service. We’ve previously told how it’s expected that at Apple’s WWDC in June versions of iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion will be revealed and people quoted as being “familiar with the matter,” say that beta versions are integrating iCloud. To find out much more about iCloud plans check out the Apple Insider link above.

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