One of the central highlights of the new iPhone 4S is its support for iCloud. Apple’s iCloud feature offers users the chance to really expand on the limited storage on smartphones of the past. Usually devices get a total of between 8GB to 64GB. For some people this may be enough, but for many diehard entertainment fanatics there is nowhere near enough to store an adequate amount of music and video. This means that people have to be selective about what they put on their phones and larger files or too much of one thing or another can limit the amount of new items that can be placed on a device.The iCloud however runs like most Cloud based services and allows users to access a large amount of data via the internet and an external server. This means that users are able to store their media and documents on a server a long distance away and use it on their iPhone through streaming. This greatly opens up the amount of data that can be used on a device can use and means that in future manufacturers will not need to worry so much about adding lots of expensive flash storage into their products.
The iCloud however comes with another large trick up its sleeve. As fantastic as cloud services are, it can take time to upload all of your items to them. This in turn is a bit of an irritation and can lead to many lost hours of putting all of your data into ‘the cloud’.
Instead, iCloud users have a different option. Apple allows users to merely upload track IDs, or in essence just a load of numbers of tracks they have referenced to the names of the tracks in the Apple iTunes library. This means that users can save on time, effort and cloud storage as they won’t have to upload their songs to the cloud – they can just access music that is already there. The added benefit is that your music collection will not consume your iCloud storage space – leaving it free for other things like documents and videos.
Users of the iCloud can so access these songs anywhere they have a connection and have no problems with playing. The obvious downside of this is that you will need an internet connection to listen to music that you only have stored in the cloud – and as internet access is not available everywhere just yet this is a severe limitation over flash based storage. For this reason alone the iPhone 4S on contract is the obvious choice for anyone looking for a decent music phone.
The iCloud also allows users to upload their documents and work. This means with the appropriate installed documents, working remotely on a device with iOS 5 is a distinct possibility once you have a connection of some sort. So, users are able to get in touch with their work anywhere in the world at a touch of a button. Anything you update on your iPhone while out and about will automatically be updated on your iPad at home.
This mixture of innovation, user friendliness and the iTunes link with the iCloud make it well and above the best Cloud service on offer by any company or on any device. To some, iCloud may not seem like much to shout about – but it is a feature that will completely revolutionise the way we use our handheld devices.