iTunes in the Cloud[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="936" caption="iTunes in the Cloud"][/caption] One of the most requested features over the past several years has been iTunes in the cloud. Now with iCloud, iTunes can automatically download your new music purchases to all of your devices over Wi-Fi or 3G instantly. Also, added to this is the ability to take all of your previous iTunes purchases including TV shows, and have them download to all your iDevices at no extra cost. It's easy to activate, just enter the Settings app then tap iTunes.
Calendar, Mail, and Contacts
Backup[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="Backup"][/caption] The days of backing up your data via those pesky sync cables are over. Thanks to this new feature, iCloud will automatically back up purchased music, TV shows, apps, books, photos and video in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, home screen and app organization, messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), and ring tones all in the background. Which means if you buy a brand new iDevice it can be completely up to date without even connecting it to your Mac or PC.
Documents in the Cloud[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="718" caption="Documents in the Cloud"][/caption] Now if you have the same iCloud-enabled apps on more than one device, iCloud will automatically update your documents across all your devices. It allows you to edit something in, Keynote on your iPad and everything on your iPhone will be up to date when you open the app. Other compatible applications include Pages and Numbers.
Find my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Find my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac"][/caption]
Now iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac owners can find their devices with ease. I know that feeling of having lost something so expensive and that makes this such a great security feature. Once you find your device you can remotely wipe and lock it. Not to mention send a message letting whoever is around that you (or the police) are on their way to retrieve it.
Photo Stream[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="980" caption="Photo Stream"][/caption]
Thanks to all this great new cloud computing you can now take a photo or import one to any of your iDevices and have it instantly appear on your others via Photo Stream. Photo Stream will keep you most recent 1,000 photos active in the stream for up to 30 days.