Carriers do not like this but iPhones, iPads and iPods will soon have an iCloud email, text messaging, documents and photos syncing feature. The messaging feature will sync email, text messaging across the iPhone network to other Apple devices. The documents and photos feature will sync data into the cloud across multiple devices. This is commonly known as cloud computing and Android and Google Services have been syncing Gmail, Calendars, Docs, Picasa for a few years. Apple's "new" iMessage service supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Will this disrupt the $36B text messaging industry of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile? Will the carriers start augmenting text messaging plans and start reselling Apple's iCloud services for $10 per month? How much will Apple charge for this or will this be a feature that is simply an additional costs center. iCloud is obviously playing catch up with Google web services.
The only new feature that I heard is being able to sync the last 1,000 photos from your iPhone into the cloud. iMusic is another new product for $24 per year that will recommend music you might like. Sounds very similar to Pandora but a lot more expensive if you have to buy the music. Will this cause iPhone storage issues and presume this only works over WiFi I hope?
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