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Mac OS X 10.7.2 confirmed, shows iCloud tools

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Sun July 24, 2011

iCloud sighting shows customizable syncing

Following an earlier leak of Mac OS X 10.7.2, those with early access to the beta have confirmed its existence and shown what iCloud can do. The service has its own dedicated section in the Mail, Contacts & Calendars preferences pane and will allow selective pushes to the cloud depending on how much storage a user has or how much they feel they need to sync. AppleInsider saw options to selectively enable or disable core syncing like mail but also the Photo Stream, documents, and other bandwidth-heavy elements.

The beta also shows iOS backups and other usage. A "buy more storage" button discovered in the test release makes it clear that users will have a quick shortcut to expanding capacity beyond the free 5GB, although prices haven't been found so far.

Apple is only due to switch on iCloud for all users around the launch of iOS 5, which is officially due in the fall but which most believe will happen in September. The findings suggest both that iCloud is getting close and that Apple will have one of the more advanced cloud syncing services woven into its OS given the level of control and impact. Mac OS X 10.7.1 is still nowhere to be seen but is likely to emerge within weeks, if not days.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_James

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jul 2011


    Pane, not pain

    Although they may be a pain, I think you meant preference pane.

  1. jonbwfc1

    Joined: Dec 1969



    'preference pain'? Sack your sub-eds, if you have any.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope they add iMessage to iChat, that would make it bloody killer!

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Glad to hear it.

    My plan is to disable all iCloud synching. Then I will selectively allow things, maybe. Don't need or want my documents, music, etc on the web. I just hope that they default to off. I've worked inComputer Security far too long to trust anything critical to the web.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is a 5GB cloud worth much...

    ...with 128GB drives quickly becoming the default...?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple is working on an update to Lion???? I'm shocked! Shocked, I say! Next thing you know, someone will tell us that Apple is confirmed to be working on OS X 10.8.

    "While not much is known about the new OS software, it is believed to integrate more iOS features into the OS and refine some of the new features of Lion, such as Mission Control and LaunchPad".

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