Apple iCloud Service Rumor: Strong Evidence in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Yesterday we brought you some news about the rumored new Apple iCloud service, a feature that is thought may be included on the iPhone 5. We told how “people familiar with the matter” had said that beta versions of Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5.0 were integrating iCloud and it seems that there is now strong evidence of its existence in a developer’s build of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

We told how iCloud would be a kind of enhanced MobileMe allowing users to sync and store information and also told of the likelihood that this cloud storage system would expand across different products and services. Today Josh Ong over on Apple Insider, sourced from Consomac.fr (Google Translation), reported on the third build of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that was only released to developers on Friday. Apparently a new ‘Find My Mac’ feature was found with a service that has the codename ‘Castle.’ A hidden feature in the developer build would allow MobileMe information to be transferred to this ‘Castle’ service and it’s thought that ‘Castle’ is simply a name being used for iCloud.

Apple has invested $1 billion in a new facility due to go online this Spring which will support iTunes and MobileMe and so it seems logical that Apple is really pushing ahead with its plans to expand on the cloud storage idea with iCloud. Michael Rose over on TUAW also reports on the ‘Castle’ evidence in Lion and comes to the same conclusion that this is likely to be the new iCloud service which we hope to hear more of at Apple’s WWDC in June.

What do you think about the new iCloud service, if indeed the speculation is correct? Do you think it could be incorporated in the next Apple products coming to the market? Let us know with your comments.