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Apple's iCloud, Newsstand go live in advance of iOS 5

updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed October 12, 2011

Most iCloud functions still locked

As promised, Apple's iCloud service has today gone live. The most conspicuous sign of this is the activation of, which no longer has any beta labels. For most people however web functions are currently limited to Find My iPhone, since iOS 5 or an iCloud-compatible version of OS X Lion is required to tap into Mail, Contacts, Calendar, or iWork. iOS 5 should go public later today, likely around 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern; Apple has not said when OS X 10.7.2 will become available for Lion owners.

In the meantime, Apple has reportedly begun to populate Newsstand with publications such as Wired. Newsstand is accessible only to iOS 5 users, and provides a home for newspapers and magazines that is separate from other apps. A crucial function is background downloading, which fetches new issues automatically instead of demanding that a person open an app first.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    only for developers

    If you're an existing MobileMe subscriber and you sign in with your MobileMe account you get a pop up that asks you to move your existing MobileMe account to iCloud... click ok and you'll get a message saying it's only for Developers currently.

  1. ooshnoo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Newsstand is empty

    mine is empty both on my iphone and ipad running iOS 5 GM. Hmmm....

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You need to download (or, re-download) appropriate magazines. Just download WIRED and see what happens.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    be careful!

    Just be forewarned, if you have a .Mac account and you say "Sure, upgrade me to iCloud!", you'll lose access to your .Mac features that iCloud no longer supports (like iDisk and syncing).

  1. rodvera

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Docs in cloud not so smooth

    I must say that the documents in the cloud feature is a pain in the a**. To get a Pages document on my iPhone 4 I have to first upload it to Then I have sign into and share the document from there. It's a pain in the a**. Why can't I just save a document to my documents folder in my user folder go pick up my iPhone and see the document in Pages on iOS 5? Come on Apple....

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