iCloud.com Goes Live

iCloud

Apple continues to get ready for the iOS 5 and iCloud launch. Apple has just updated its iCloud.com website with a new login screen, which no longer says it’s in beta.

But it still seems to be restricted to users to developers, though we’re received some tips from our readers that they’ve manage to upgrade

Apple is also expected to rollout the MobileMe to iCloud migration page (MobileMe.com/move), which will allows you to migrate data from your MobileMe account to iCloud. As Apple had said in its FAQs, the migration process allows users to move Mail, Contacts and Calendar data to iCloud. Data from other MobileMe services like iWeb, iDisk and Photo Gallery won’t be migrated, and would be discontinued after 30th June 2012. You also won’t be able to sync Mac Dashboard widget, Dock items, keychains, signatures, mail account rules, mail smart boxes, and mail preferences.

After migrating to iCloud, MobileMe users get 25GB of storage, which includes the 20GB of storage that comes with the yearly plan that a MobileMe subscriber has already paid for and the free 5GB of storage offered to all iCloud users. Basically, it means that the migration process for MobileMe users doesn’t incur any extra cost (until June 30, 2012).

iCloud

Apple released iTunes 10.5 few hours back and is expected to release iOS 5 and iCloud along with Mac OS X 10.7.2 and iWork for iOS today, October 12th. We’re hearing reports that Apple could release its highly anticipated next generation mobile operating system at around 10:00 am PST or 1:00 pm EST.

If you’re planning to upgrade to iOS 5, we would recommend you to checkout some of the tips to get ready for it.

Let us know if you’re able to upgrade to iCloud in the comments. Thanks Pedro for the tip!

Update:

It looks like iCloud is live for everyone. All you need to do is enter your current login details and it will be prompt you to upgrade the MobileMe account to iCloud. Thanks Steve for the tip!

MobileMe to iCloud

Update 2:

Some initial impressions:

As Apple had said in its FAQs, the migration process allows users to move Mail, Contacts and Calendar data to iCloud.

During the migration process you will be toll that data from other MobileMe services like iWeb, iDisk and Photo Gallery won’t be migrated, and would be discontinued after 30th June 2012. You also won’t be able to sync Mac Dashboard widget, Dock items, keychains, signatures, mail account rules, mail smart boxes, and mail preferences.

As you would expect from Apple, the user interface and the migration process are really simple. The iCloud interface also looks fantastic, right from the login screen to the web apps themselves. Apple has, at the same time, made no compromise in terms of speed and responsiveness of the web interface. In fact launching web apps like Contacts and Calendar (yes launching, because it is so familiar to the iOS Home Screen paradigm) take almost the same time as their native counterparts on iOS and OS X. The supported browsers are Chrome, Safari 4+, Firefox 4+, IE 8+, Opera and of course Mobile Safari.

Please let us know how it goes.