Apple iCloud Review: Don't Cut Your Cords Just Yet
Apple iCloud Review: Don't Cut Your Cords Just Yet

Late Monday afternoon, Apple flipped the switch on its iCloud.com domain name, revealing a few key bits of information that was previously unknown.

For starters, the pricing is fully listed for the first time. Under the iCloud storage locker plan, the first 5 GB will be free, after which upgrades can be bought -- 10 more GB ($20 per year), 20 more GB ($40 per year), and 50 more GB ($100 per year).

As originally outlined in the iCloud announcement earlier this summer, those storage tiers don't apply to any content purchased within iTunes. All that content is added to the iCloud for free.

Another tidbit confirmed is the fact that there will be iCloud-specific apps. According to the site, there will be new Web apps for email, calendar contacts and other functions.

The site is meant for iOS and MAC Developer Program members, so they can start updating their apps (or create new ones) with iCloud-ready features, primarily for synching content between the cloud and multiple Apple-made devices. However, Apple put the site live with no corresponding release, or even mention on its developer website. Apple enthusiast blog 9to5mac.com first noticed the addition.

The full functionally of the iCloud service won't be available until later this year when iOS 5 is available to all Apple devices.

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