We’re less than 24 hours away from the big opening to WWDC 2011 now, and the rumors are still flying as to what we will and won’t see when Steve Jobs puts sneaker to stage at the Moscone Center. The latest buzz comes courtesy of Apple fanboy and tech pundit John Gruber, with the Daring Fireball himself sharing his thoughts on tomorrow’s announcements.

The full post goes on for a good few hundred words and re-hashes much of what the community has already speculated over the last week or so, but with one considerable exception. According to Gruber’s fourth-hand information, we shouldn’t be thinking of Apple’s iCloud as the new MobileMe, but rather the new iTunes. Intrigued? So were we…

“Don’t think of iCloud as the new MobileMe; think of iCloud as the new iTunes.”

So what does that actually mean?

Well, according to Mr Fireball, Apple’s data centers will house all of our content (such as, movies, music, iBooks, and more in the cloud) with a synced copy being pushed to all devices a user signs into. Think Dropbox with your entire iTunes folder and you’re on the right track.

While that sounds interesting in itself, think a little further down the line and the whole thing starts to get a little more exciting.

Imagine if you have a system where a user can plug his or her iTunes details into an iOS device and instantly (well, almost!) have all their content at the touch of a button. We’re also including App Store apps in that – Google’s Android already does a similar thing – meaning the days of long iTunes backups and restores just to get your apps back could be a thing of the past.

“With iCloud, that should shift to the cloud. iTunes, the desktop app, currently syncs the following things with iOS devices: audio, movies and TV shows, iBooks e-books, App Store apps, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, and any sort of files shared between iOS apps. All of these things would be better served syncing over-the-air via the so-called cloud.”

For a good while now we’ve all wondered why Apple hasn’t just bought Dropbox and done away with the woeful iDisk currently included with MobileMe. Maybe someone in Cupertino was listening after all.

That’s enough about Gruber, though. You really want to know what we at iDB think will be unveiled tomorrow – check out our thoughts on WWDC and then share what you think we’ll see in the comments.

  • Max

    So your telling me that if I’m the train in NYC and I have no internet connection, I won’t be able to listen to my iTunes song?

    • Not necessarily. Think of it as wireless syncing.

      • Kelvin

        But how would wireless syncing work from such a distance? Some sort of internet connection (wi-fi, 3g data) would have to be required, no?

  • XepptizZ

    Im really curious about the effect it will have on jailbreaking.

    • Sergey

      Same here

  • Michael


  • eTHEc

    I think the google/android syncing analogy for cloud is moat accurate. iCloud will also store all your media (for a fee), but it will primarily be for syncing purposes, not streaming. Basically, you can remotely manage all your media and files just like you do with iTunes now, just without the cord hooked to a computer.

    And as for jailbreaking, the new iOS and the (eventual) new iPhone will be jailbreak-proof for a long while, just like the iPad 2.

    Just my predictions…

  • Justin

    The streaming is going to be useless. I don’t understand why someone needs to have EVERYTHING available at their finger tips. And once again, if you’re a new AT&T and soon to be this summer new VZW customer, streaming is not going to be an option for you with only a maximum of 2 gigs of data. BUT…if iCloud basically acts a big Cloud hard drive, where all that is stored in your iTunes Library, is synched to the cloud, AND with the ability to (if a need so occurs) to re-download it back to iTunes, say if your hard drive fries. If that’s how iCloud works, as a big storage in the sky, sign me up! Forget this streaming. It’s not necessary.

  • mripod64

    hmmmmm…only time will tell

  • dfgbhfdv

    If Apple buys dropbox, well, that’s the end of iFile dropbox support AND pkgbackup dropbox support.

  • Lil Ralphie

    Don’t think iCloud for mobile devices will be a success downunder in Australia. My iPhone is on a 500MB data plan, and to increase it you pay big bucks. Also reception is garbage outside of the capital cities. Unless of course Apple puts pressure on the carriers to improve.

  • Me

    I can see Apple hearing the fact that pretty much everywhere but the US has ridiculous data caps and including an update to iTunes where iTunes can sign into an iCloud account and then detects and syncs any iOS detected on the local WiFi network via Bonjour…similar to AirPlay.