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WSJ: Apple’s iCloud to Get Photo-Sharing Features, Video Sync, iOS 6 Coming at WWDC

The Wall Street Journal has reported on some ‘breaking’ news, in regards to an upcoming iCloud update Apple will announce at WWDC 2012:

Apple Inc. is preparing an upgrade of its online service iCloud that includes new photo-sharing features, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new features, expected to be announced at Apple’s world-wide developer conference beginning June 11, will allow iCloud users to share sets of photos with other iCloud users and to comment on them, these people said. Currently, users can only store one set of photos in iCloud through a feature called Photo Stream, which is designed to sync those photos to other Apple devices, not share them.

Apple is also working on a new feature that will allow iCloud users to sync their personal videos via iCloud, these people said, as well as allow users to access “Notes” and “Reminders”—two of its apps for jotting down quick thoughts—through iCloud.com. Currently, those items have to be accessed via apps for those features.

The photo-sharing feature sounds like Instagram, but for Apple iOS devices. As for the syncing of personal videos to iCloud, that would be pretty awesome. Once would think this would be limited to WiFi only, and also brings into question the need for storage upgrades for iCloud. All of these features are expected to arrive as part of the expected iOS 6 (codenamed ‘Sundance’) announcement at WWDC, notes their sources.

It was noted last week beta.icloud.com went live prematurely, and exposed the aforementioned Notes and Reminders app icons on iCloud.com.

[via WSJ]

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