Over the last few months we’ve heard several rumors surrounding Apple’s new cloud service. Though cloud-based storage was originally thought to be part of a major MobileMe revamp, gossip has taken the service from a feature to a headline.

Between the rumblings of music industry insiders and digital evidence that Apple recently purchased the iCloud domain name, it’s been pretty safe to assume Apple had something up its sleeve. But for the ever-skeptical “I’ll believe it when I see it” folks, Apple has finally made the cloud service official…

The iPhone-makers put out a press release this morning that instantly turned the iCloud rumor into reality. Apple has been publicly silent about their upcoming service, which some analysts predict will, “transform digital music.”

“Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generate software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.”

Though we’ve heard multiple rumors on how the service will work, it’ll be interesting to hear how Apple rolls out their cloud product – and at what cost. From their 12 petabyte storage purchase, to their massive billion dollar data center, what could Apple have possibly cooked up?

Perhaps the greatest news in Apple’s announcement today is that the company’s charismatic leader, Steve Jobs, will be speaking at the event. With the CEO still out on medical leave, his appearance bodes well for both stock holders and Apple fans alike.

Also of note is the continued omission of any indication that a new iPhone might get unveiled at the event. The press release, much like earlier WWDC invitations, suggests that software will be the highlight of this year’s conference. This aligns with previous rumors that the next-gen iPhone would debut this fall.

Though I’m not holding my breath, it wouldn’t surprise me to see an iPhone announced June 6th – right on schedule. After last year’s iPhone debacle, why wouldn’t Jobs and company go through great lengths to keep the new hardware under wraps?

What do you think? Any last minute cloud feature requests?

  • AT33

    will iOS 5 be better than my iOS 4.3 jailbreaked? hardly. next

  • can’t fucking wait

  • Toni

    Do you guys think apple will release ios 5 before the new iphone?

  • Hakan

    FUCKING STEVE JOBS, JUST ANOUNCE THE FUCKING NEW IPHONE 4S :(!
    I CANT WAITTTT

  • I’m much more interested in the iCloud experience. Let’s say, hypothetically, they remove localized storage. Allowing that much more room in the device can allow for much more appropriate compensations (in my opinion) such as more RAM, larger processor, or a stronger signal translator.

    The possibilities are truly endless, let’s all just sit on our hands and wait for Steve’s move 😛

  • Lawrence

    Umh and what if you have low or no signal and want to enjoy your music? Let alone steaming music is inferior to having it locally on the device in terms of sound quality.

  • heredago

    When can we expect an iOS 5 release?

  • Shaun

    The only use I can see for cloud storage is to backup your music etc, mobile (3G) coverage is just not consistent enough for music streaming, also data costs are prohibitive for most of us who live outside the USA. I just want an iPhone with more storage, 64gb would be great

  • I have about 3TB of music and vids.. If iCloud could store this AND give more to expand, and all for free then game on!

  • Martin

    All I want from next iOS is proper central storage area… So all the apps have access to the same folders…

  • Daniel

    lmao @ some of these comments