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Apple’s New Cloud Offerings May Be (Mostly) Free

Backing up Seth Weintruab’s latest report from Computerworld regarding Apple’s soon-to-be-released web-based offerings, we have been able to confirm the upcoming push, as well as some new information about pricing.

iworkonlineApple is expected to unveil a new suite of web-based applications that play off of iWork. They will primarily be extensions of their desktop counterparts not replacements. As Weintraub notes, the entire iWork suite that Apple currently offers (and iMovie too), will be given core functionality additions online. Based on Weintraub’s information, we were able to confirm the upcoming cloud-based push, as well as some new specifics about pricing and the way Apple will unveil the information.

“It’s coming. And it’ll be free (mostly) unless they decide to charge for it at the last minute. Users that need excessive storage will definitely have options, and Mobile Me should be mentioned the entire time. It’s going to be much more of a cloud computing ‘initiative’ using their existing technologies.”

We’ve heard that Apple will be rolling out storage integrated with Mobile Me on the backend of these applications. Essentially, if you own iMovie, you’ll have access to the iMovie cloud extension/application and when it gets into large file storage, Apple will only charge users that need an excessive amount of storage. They will be hammering this home in a big cloud computing push that talks about Mobile Me, sharing media files and your online life being incredibly organized.

Additionally, we expect mentions of the word “magic” to be pertaining to the way this all integrates together. Not one suite of applications with itself, but more-so Mobile Me, The iWork Cloud, and mobile access through devices like the iPhone and iPod touch. Many people believe cloud services are the future of computing, but Apple’s official foray into the modern world of cloud based services, Mobile Me, didn’t paint the concept in a very positive light.

Apple touts specific web development frameworks and remains a major influence on the future of web technologies. Sproutcore is a javascript framework aimed at allowing developers to create desktop class applications for the web. Even though open frameworks can produce incredible applications and power easily scalable sites, the entire concept of computing primarily online is still met with hesitance by many. What Apple may have taken away and learned from this summer’s Mobile Me mess will hopefully be applied to the new services.

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13 Comments to “Apple’s New Cloud Offerings May Be (Mostly) Free”

Scott @ January 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm
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I like free. But I guarantee there’s a catch. Either with storage, a monthly fee, or something else. There WILL be a catch.

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Jason @ January 2nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm
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Thanks for information ;)

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JJJ @ January 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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This doesn’t appeal to me one bit. I want some new toys.

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lucas @ January 1st, 2009 at 11:52 pm
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1. i suspect that it won’t be free per se but rather you get it if you have mobile me

2. i find it hard to believe a guy that doesn’t know something as basic as the fact that iMovie is part of iLife NOT iWork

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Aviv @ January 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 am
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Fixed the sentence :) — Simple typo there. But both are scheduled to be getting the online enhancements.

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Ulysses @ January 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 am
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iLife is pretty much already web based with Mobile Me. I mean, they just need some Google Docs type stuff to complete the loop.

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Ross @ January 1st, 2009 at 11:54 pm
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280 Slides does not use Sproutcore, so you shouldn’t link to it as an example of the “incredible” sites it can build. 280 Slides is built using Cappuccino, an open source framework available at http://cappuccino.org.

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Aviv @ January 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am
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@Ross: Bahhh !!! I knew something was funny as I was typing that. Getting confused with Objective J too sometimes. Thanx man. (fixed)

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jojo22 @ January 2nd, 2009 at 8:51 am
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Wait, you’re not the first I have heard refer to 280 slides and Sproutcore. Cappucino is what I remember reading when it was launched, but I think everyone is confusing this right now. Obj J/Cappucino/Sproutcore… It’s all being mashed together as “Apple’s open frameworks” stuff.

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karlO @ January 2nd, 2009 at 9:17 am
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Out of everything leading up to Macworld, I actually believe this (it just backs up 9to5’s info). What I don’t believe is talks of a new Mac Pro or Macbook nano.

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bob @ January 2nd, 2009 at 9:17 am
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if and however this happens, I tend to think of this as a way to extend iwork functionality to two or three main platforms, the iPhone/iPod, and the users of same on the windows side.

I think it also will be apples main way to SYNC things we always think should have been syncable, such as Notes, for example, There are a lot of iphone apps that create data worth saving, (Audio recorders and the like, list creators…) and so far, some wicked workaround has had to be used, such as an application on your Mac that will see the data via WiFi. Some of this is concerns about cellular bandwidth and its reliability, some of it is concerns about loopholes Apple would rather keep closed (iTunes is not geared to handle data that is NOT data. But Primarily, this is to extend those same functions easily to the millions of users that use iPods, iPhones, but do NOT have a mac, by creating a cloud application. Eventually they may want the same apps on their computer enough, to get a mac.

It is easier to post an iWork or iLife suite in the cloud, than to port it to Windows.

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jojo22 @ January 2nd, 2009 at 9:31 pm
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Schiller DID unveil the latest series of web apps now known as Mobile Me. Remember? He unveiled Mobile Me and explained the AJAX benefits of web technology !!! Makes sense to me.

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SBL Diagnostic Imaging @ January 5th, 2009 at 2:15 am
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Quite informative. Thanks.

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