AppleInsider have posted the above image of a banner set for Mondays announcement from Apple of iCloud services along with the future of OSX and iOS to be detailed.
The LA Times is also reporting that the iCloud service will likely cost $25 per annum. Not sure how that will relate to other parts of the world and how this will dove tail in with “free” elements of iCloud which are reportedly to be packaged in with OS X Lion.
We will have to wait and see how much detail we get on Monday but our bet is that the service is probably going to be pretty quickly available.
We have a sneaky feeling there will be some big surprises on Monday when Apple gives details of the future of iOS, OSX and their “cloud based services”.
It is certainly not like Apple to announce beforehand what the keynote speech will cover albeit it is usually already widely known through the hints and graphics used to announce when the keynotes will take place along with the press invites.
The iCloud concept has been muted for some time now and with Amazon and Google already providing such streaming services and the concept of Spotify heavily subscribed to in some parts, it has given Apple an opportunity to do something they do well. Sit back, observe and take stock.
In this process, you can usually guarantee that there will be some Wow to the keynote, an angle that only Apple could have delivered or thought of and a way that such services will work that only Apple efficiency can deliver. And given the investment Apple has made in to their data centre and announcements that there will be more data centres, then the reality dawns that Apple has been looking at this for a long time, and they have been able to consider what they will deliver for a long time.
The fact that the keynote will also cover iOS and OSX future releases, and that MobileMe is due an upgrade (even perhaps iTunes is due one), then it all points to the sort of synronicity and cross device features that Apple have become so good at.
Stay with us on Monday for details.
So just to hot up the relationship with Apple, Amazon has now launched a download app store for Macs competing directly with the official Mac App Store. The Mac Download Store is not quite as nifty as the integrated OSX Mac App Store but still with some desirables not available on the official download spot such as Microsoft Office and Toast 10.
From a consumer point of view, lets just say that healthy competition will hopefully be good for all of us buying Mac Apps! Apple may feel differently.