Apple Improves iCloud with New Apps

Source: iCloud on Apple Devices | Official Website

With its new mobile operating system set to be revealed tomorrow, Apple gives its iCloud service an improvement. Prior to tomorrow’s event and announcement of iOS 6, the company added new apps to its cloud storage system.

Notes and Reminders

With Apple set to take the wraps off its upcoming mobile OS, the company is putting in the final touches for its Notes and Reminders apps on iCloud. The applications are virtually similar to its iOS and OS X Mountain Lion counterpart.

The all-new Reminders offers a cloud-based version of events synced with iOS mobile devices and Macs, although it doesn’t support location-based reminders. Note also get the same Web treatment. However, its iOS and OS X siblings disable users to change the default font in Noteworthy. Notes on the Web also show the stitched leather binding of its iOS kin.

Mail and Calendar

Aside from the new iCloud applications, Mail and Calendar also get minor updates. The new Mail features a VIP inbox that was introduced in Mountain Lion last summer. It also uses the iOS style of scrolling, with skinnier and translucent scroll bars.

The Calendar app, on the other hand, uses the standard scroll bar with a full gutter and arrow buttons. Only the removal of Reminders is the obvious change in the application, as it is now a standalone application.

iCloud Contacts and iWork

In addition, iCloud’s Contacts app hasn’t changed at all. The application still uses the odd “bookmark” control, which is used for accessing contact groups. However, this component was removed from both OS X and iOS 6 versions by Apple.

Another application that was left unchanged is the company’s support for saving and accessing iWork documents from the Web. It appears that Apple’s Web strategy for iCloud is very conservative, considering that Google and Microsoft made an online version of their office apps as a prominent part of their software strategy.

Contrary to previous rumors, Apple will not haste into bringing its document editing features into the Web. Instead, it will focus on the native applications for both the Mountain Lion and its mobile OS. This is despite the fact that it hasn’t released a new version of iWork for OS X yet since the ’09 version, which was launched three years ago. However, this application added various important features that include pioneering iCloud document support among many others.

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