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.