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Beginning iOS 5 Development: Exploring the iOS SDK by Jeff LaMarche, Jack Nutting, Dave Mark

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Chapter 14

Hey! You! Get onto iCloud!

One of the biggest new features touted with the announcement of iOS 5 is Apple's new iCloud service, which provides cloud storage services for iOS 5 devices, as well as for computers running Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Most iOS users will probably encounter the iCloud device backup option immediately when setting up a new device or upgrading an old device to iOS 5, and will quickly discover the advantages of automatic backup that doesn't even require the use of a computer.

Computerless backup is a great feature, but it only scratches the surface of what iCloud can do. What may be even a bigger feature of iCloud is that it provides app developers with a mechanism for transparently saving data to Apple's ...

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