Apple Insider heard from “people familiar with Apple’s plans” that part of the iCloud features may be offered free of charge to those Mac users who upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.

My assumption is that iCloud will be MobileMe’s replacement and in addition to offering email, remote file storage, calendar and contact syncing, iCloud will also let people stream their own iTunes library…

The rumor going around is that MobileMe’s services will be rebranded as iCloud and will be offered for free to Mac OS X Lion users. Because Apple has to pay a hefty price for music licensing, it’s safe to believe every user will have to pay for this service, after a free trial period.

Apple Insider believes that Mac OS X Lion will be offered at a very low price and downloadable via the Mac App Store to remove any kind of barrier to entry. These are just rumors but they do make a lot of sense to me.

What do you think?

  • Jeff

    Makes sense. And I hope it’s true. Do you think it will be like a 3 month trial similar to MobileMe’s existing trial? Or could it be a whole year free of charge?

    • I think if anything, it will be a 3 month trial period. With my emails and contacts on Google, I wouldn’t have much use for iCloud I think. But I can’t wait to see what Apple cooked for us 🙂

  • Yeah, makes sense. But I wish MobileMe (mail, contact and calendar) free for everyone, not only for Max OS X Lion users. And of course, free. Maybe there will be another part, paid and useful service, like MobileMe VIP or something else. So, everything is rumors, we have to wait.

  • Anonymous

    Apple’s really bad attempt at getting people to buy macs. This will not drive anyone to buy the overpriced computers. 90% market share and still kicking.

    • Jeff

      My Mac, over-priced as it may be, is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. 😉

      • Jack

        +1

    • You buy whatever makes you feel good with your money.

  • My 3+ year old Dell is working great!

  • Bioman1000

    I just hope that Lion will be released on physical disks too …
    I like to wipe my HD clean whenever I upgrade an OS, and a Mac App Store only availability would not let me … 🙁

  • I think iCloud will be data storage intensive at a price, and MobileMe will be made free and focus on wireless syncing with email, etc. But Apple could totally ditch MobileMe and push iCloud.

    • If will MobileMe be free, I will be very happy. 😀

  • Cameron

    Oh Saw that coming!