Apple Planning New iCloud Photo And Video Sharing Features For WWDC Next Month [Rumor]

Apple Planning New iCloud Photo And Video Sharing Features For WWDC Next Month [Rumor]

Apple's iCloud is about to get some major new upgrades.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be the source of many new announcements from the Cupertino company in the coming weeks. iOS 6 is widely expected to be demoed for developers, and there are whispers that we may even see some new hardware. Expect June to be a crazy month.

A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that Apple is planning significant upgrades to iCloud that it will announce at WWDC. New photo sharing features for posting and commenting on pictures in iCloud will be announced alongside the ability to wirelessly upload and sync videos across iOS devices.

According to the WSJ:

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 Journal also notes that Apple will be bringing its Notes and Reminders apps to iCloud.com, which we told you about last Friday. Users will be able to access notes and reminders via iCloud from anywhere on the web. A developer preview of iOS 6 will also be distributed at WWDC, according to today’s new report.

It’s been rumored for a long time that Apple will create a social network around photo sharing, but the launch of Photo Stream last year positioned the service as a personal tool. Apple has experimented with social before and gotten it very wrong (see Ping), so here’s to hoping that a home run is planned for this summer.

  • Fuzzy1

    Until I can merge my disjointed me.com / iTunes / iCloud accounts, I won’t be impressed. 1,000 photos on one cloud account, unviewable by my other devices without wiping them clean form everywhere. 

  • mr_bee

    erm … what’s the point of letting us flag spam posts if no one is going to remove them?

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