(Reuters) - Apple Inc unveiled a new storage and retrieval service, called iCloud, that gives customers access to all their music, photographs and other files across their devices.
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Here is a summary of the main elements in all three announcements.
- Remotely stores music, photos and documents and syncs them with all devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and personal computers
- When something new is added to one device, all of a user's devices are updated "almost instantly."
- iCloud will be available this fall.
- iTunes Match can store and sync any of a user's songs that were not bought on iTunes for $24.99 a year (U.S. only)
- Features 5 Gigabytes of free storage for mail and documents.
- Apple did not announce pricing for additional storage. Purchased music, apps, books, photos do not count against storage limit.
- iCloud stores photos for up to 30 days during which users should connect devices to Wi-Fi for automatic downloads.
- Apple has three data centers to support iCloud.
- The latest Mac OS computer operating system.
- Costs $29.99, available in July.
- Includes touch-screen support with multi-touch gestures, similar to iPhone and iPad.
- Allows peer-to-peer document sharing over Wi-Fi.
- On sale only through iTunes store.
- The next version of iPhone, iPad operating system.
- Includes iMessaging, a rival to Research In Motion's BlackBerry messaging service.
- Allows tighter integration with Twitter.
- Allows wireless software updates, so iPhone/iPad customers do not need to own a computer.
- Available this fall.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Matthew Lewis)