It looks like that it will be the first time I cover something related to Apple and honestly I hope it won’t be the last! We all know that Apple has just released their newest mobile operating system iOS 5 for a range of devices including iPhone, iPod Touch and of course iPad. Along with that, in this upgrade, Apple also officially opened up one of theirs long-awaited services based on the cloud technology iCloud.
iCloud is an idea place for ifans to store their data on the Apple ‘s servers, which may be music, pictures or documents. Not only does it help you back up your precious data, iCloud also plays a central role to distribute your data across various devices so that you will never miss any content while using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
For more convenient and flexible, Apple also releases a specific application for Windows users to help them manage iCloud from the desktop. If you own an iOS device but not using Mac OS X, this application will be a must- have utility. Here in this article, I take a glimpse at iCloud Control Panel, a Apple backed the software on Windows environment to manage iCloud. You can follow the link in the bottom lines to download it and get started.
Prior to iCloud, it is quite complicated, time wasting and un-sophisticated to manage more than one Apple ‘s device one time. Your left-hand device has its own features, data and configuration and so does the right hand. Previously, it did not make sense since there were only few devices running iOS and the cloud technology was probably immature. I think iCloud is simply a right strategy by that Apple will have another solution to combat with Android community and other counters such as Blackberry.
iCloud has two key features that show the power of cloud technology: store data and synchronize them across all devices.I think with free 5 GB, you are able to store your previous data such as documents, some pictures etc… Not only does it support Apple ecosystem, iCloud also works well on Windows -based PC. And this gap will be bridged with iCloud Control Panel.
1. First, you can download iCloud Control Panel here (39.80 MB). It only works on Windows Vista SP 2 or later. You need to have at least one device already install iOS 5 (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) or a Mac OS X to create an iCloud account. Installing iCloud Control Panel on your Windows-based PC like other regular software.
2. Access iCloud Control Panel. Login with your account that you have register with Apple via these above devices. At the main iCloud Control Panel ‘s interface, you will see all of your data stored on Apple servers including how much your storage on your account left, which date sources have been automatically integrated and synchronized between your account and local application on Windows based PC such as bookmark on Safari browser and mail, calendar, contact on Microsoft Outlook.
The nicest option in my point of view is the capacity to view and synchronize your pictures that taken from all iOS devices. Just deleting the ones you are not interested in keeping on your devices. It will also give you more free space.
3. To avoid unwanted distraction, Apple has also offered many options by that you can easily configure the way it will work.
All images credit: Apple
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