Apple to Offer Basic Package of iCloud Services Free for Mac OS X Lion Users!
Apple is just to reveal its new firmwares iOS 5 & Mac OS X Lion for the users of iOS devices and Macs respectively on WWDC 2011. Here comes good news from AppleInsider for the folks who would have Mac OS X Lion loaded laptops; Apple would offer at least a basic package of iCloud services free of cost to Mac OS X Lion users. The site didn’t reveal the features of the free iCloud services yet, however it would be an excellent bonanza for Applers to enjoy Apple cloud based Music Locker without spending even a buck!
People familiar with Apple’s plans indicated to AppleInsider that at least one of those secrets is expected to be that at least some of the services included in iCloud will be offered for free to Mac users who make the upgrade to Lion. iCloud is expected to replace the company’s existing MobileMe service, which offers e-mail and remote file storage, along with syncing of bookmarks, contacts and calendar events, at a price tag of $99 per year.
That price tag may remain for users who do not make the upgrade to Lion, or for Windows users. But it is expected that the cloud services will become free to Mac users who run the latest version of Mac OS X.
Apple would only offer free music streaming on their cloud storage, while we have earlier informed you that Apple has made all necessary arrangements to unveil its iCloud on WWDC 2011 by signing agreements with some top music labels in this regard. Apple has invested so many bucks on introducing its own cloud music locker to beat Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music Beta, newly born cloud-based services on the web. So Apple would naturally try to get profit from its iCloud too, however Apple could be able to offer a trail based, initial, introductory package to its users for making them habitual of enjoying Apple cloud with free music streaming.
Some sources are also claiming that Apple could make its iCloud services available at comparatively low price for the users of Mac OS X Lion to boost the sales of upcoming Lion OS X . It is also being rumored that Apple is planning to release its new Mac OS Lion through its Mac App Store.
It is yet not clear to us whether Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion would come with traditional price tag of $129 as usual or Apple would launch its new Mac OS major update at some low price point. Interestingly, Mac OS X Leopard was introduced with a price tag of $29 only, since Mac OS Leopard was not a major update, as it came with some cosmetic changes.
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