Apple’s iCloud Website Loses ‘Beta’ Tag Ahead of Launch, Gets New Login Page

Apple’s iCloud Website Loses ‘Beta’ Tag Ahead of Launch, Gets New Login PageWhile we’re still clicking that ‘Check for Update’ button in iTunes in anticipation of iOS 5, the Apple’s iCloud website has already lost its ‘beta’ tag and been given a new login page design.

The new design features the iCloud login box with icons for each of the service’s web apps — including Mail, Contacts, Find My iPhone, and Documents in the Cloud — in the background.

Although the service has now left its beta, it seems that only developers can access it at this point. The service will be open to the public alongside the release of iOS 5 later today, however.

Other preparations for iOS 5 and iCloud saw Apple release iTunes 10.5 yesterday. If you haven’t already installed this, you’ll need to do so before you can upgrade to the new iOS firmware.

Excited yet?

  • Alubad1

    Too excited,still clickin on that “check for update”

  • Alubad1

    Does anyone know what time ios5 will be available?

  • Lewis Dugmore

    I’ve just tried to sign in and it let me even though I’m not a developer looks like iOS 5 is out very soon hopefully it is anyway i can’t wait for it 

  • Daniel Pennells

    Im not a developer and iu have just logged in with my normal apple ID. I can access the find my iphone feature but for the others it says that i have to update the settings on my iOS 5 device or in system preferences on OS X lion

  • SulaymanF

    Hard to tell since they go by California time. Probably afternoon on the East Coast, if past releases are any indication.

  • TannerBott

    upon logging in, it asked me if i would like to move my MobileMe stuff to iCloud. i assume once you move your MobileMe account to iCloud you loose the MM features

  • Eugene Kelly

    It’s online right now

  • Shipeep

    Yeah, I’m definitely excited! It’s just a shame that I sold my iPhone 4 two days ago and now I’ve got a “1-2 week” wait for my iPhone 4S. I guess I’ll be playing with iOS 5 on my girlfriend’s 3GS tonight!

  • Alubad1

    O it’s not,lol.

  • fbloise

    iOs 5 rocks!

  • fbloise

    it is!

  • fbloise

    Around 10am EST, 3pm GMT (UK time)

  • Alubad1

    I’m still waiting:(

  • fbloise

    Where are you located?

    I’m in the UK and icloud.com is working fine for me. Remember that:
    -you must install iOS5 in your iDevice first, to proceed with the wizard and create the icloud account.
    -if you used mobileme before, then you need to (from the same iDevice) merge into iCloud.

  • KillianBell

    Ouch! That’s not good. Could you not have waited?

  • Shipeep

    Haha… the honest answer is yes, I could have waited. I did however manage to sell my iPhone 4 for a very good price. I noticed the pre-owned prices of the iPhone 4 dropping a little over the week so the longer I left it to sell, the more I looked to lose. Oh well… I’ll appreciate it when it finally arrives.

  • Shipeep

    I’m sure recent iOS releases have been around 1000 Pacific (1800 UK). As there’s been no official announcement it’s anyone’s guess.

  • Michael

    I’m frustrated that Apple is not supporting iOS5 on 2nd generation devices. I mean, I know mine is getting old, but many of the new features are very small, like iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter integration….

  • Paul O’Byrne

    check out the first post on this page. they had a chat with apple, and advised that it will be launched around 7p.m. pst, also info on apple id’s and merging them/or not merging them. – http://www.facebook.com/movada

  • (???)?

    any news about merging account?

  • Lewis Dugmore

    i can’t wait for the new iOS my mac pro has been on all day and my iPhone 4 and ipad 2 have been sitting by it waiting lol hurry up apple

  • Lewis Dugmore

    is this true if so how do you know

  • HBB

    I am not a dev and i am able to login iCloud.com using my expired MobileMe email.

  • fbloise

    iSpazio (italian iphone related blog) forums.

  • Ed_Kel

    Merry Christmas everyone! Today is the day!

  • david_z

    You’re using Chrome! :O

  • Ictus75

    Still not happy about Apple abandoning iWeb & web hosting. Come on Tim, how about some support!

  • Stephen Kirby

    You should keep the MM stuff until June next year. What things will be like by then is anyone’s guess, but probably a load of 3rd party apps.

    The so called “Documents in the Cloud” seems aimed exclusively at mobile users. The Mac faithful appear to be out in the cold. It’s actually called something else to do with iWork, but I can’t be bothered looking. 

    Find my iPhone works well, even on a Macbook or an iMac, despite its name.

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