It looks like iOS 6 and iCloud will be on the receiving end of some major, new photo sharing and video syncing features.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the simple Photo Stream service that iOS users know now will be upgraded dramatically. With the new version, users will be able to select sets of photos that can be shared with other users outside of the Photo Stream. But even more importantly, users will also be able to comment on the photos, which definitely adds a taste of social networking to the stale data-syncing service.
Along with the photo improvements, videos will also be able to be synced across devices just like photos. I’m most pleased about this news, as it is probably the largest reason I don’t shoot videos more often with my iPhone. I’m looking forward to being able to shoot a video on my iPhone and then turn to the larger screen of my iPad for editing.
The report also reiterated that improvements will be coming to Notes and Reminders. On Friday, we told you how a beta page for iCloud leaked and then removed icons for both of the iOS-centric apps.
All of the changes are expected to be announced when iOS 6 is previewed during WWDC starting June 11.
While video syncing is great news for iOS users, I think iCloud’s new photo sharing feature is definitely interesting. Is Apple looking to take on the new Facebook/Instagram partnership, or is it simply adding some features to draw in more users to iCloud?
Apple’s first attempt at a social network, Ping, has been a bust to say the least. But does Apple have what it takes to battle Facebook and Instagram? Or should the company even try?
(Via The Next Web)