Cloud Computing will go mainstream with iCloud.
At the launch of iPad 2 a couple of months back, Mr. Steve Jobs ushered us into what he calls a “Post PC” era- a new chapter in the history of computing. Some people made a quick jab at that, rightly stating that your iDevice was useless until it was connected to a computer to activate it. Well, with iOS 5 revealed just a couple of days back, that argument no longer holds any water and with iCloud, you can clearly see where Apple is headed.
Now Apple might have gotten it wrong with their cloud computing the first couple of time- even Steve Jobs admitted the failure of Mobile Me, but iCloud certainly sounds interesting- at least at the consumer level. So basically, the next time you buy your new iOS device, you simply take it out of the box and activate it with your iCloud account right then and there and watch your data sync wirelessly on it. No PC/Mac required.
This might sound a bit familiar to anyone who has Microsoft Exchange or even Google Apps, however, Apple’s strength is in their eco system and you’re not just downloading your email, calender, contacts and documents- you’re also getting all your songs, pictures and books which still require manual sysncing with your PC on other platforms.
I also like the idea of icloud keeping your multimedia synchronized- so taking a picture from your iPhone automatically brings it to your iMac or AppleTV or your iPad. Similarly, you can start writing a document on your PC and complete it on your iPad. No need to transfer anything back and forth.
What you are basically doing is seperating your devices- computers, tablets and Smartphone from your data. Again, a concept that isn’t anything new but with Apple’s eco system and their ability to make everything easy, I can see more and more people moving to the cloud. It also beats the hell out of backing things up continuously!