Last week Apple accidentally leaked plans to add Reminders and Notes apps to the iCloud web presence. The latest rumors from WSJ seem to go along with that, and bring a much tastier morsel of speculation to the table. Allegedly, iCloud is going social – sort of. At WWDC this year Apple is expected to launch a new photo sharing service through iCloud.
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
On first looks, it does seem an odd direction to be going in, similar to Ping (remember that?) in iTunes. Social networking isn’t Apple’s bag, and I’m slightly concerned about this move. Of course there are advantages, but, I’m going to go out on a limb and ask, what if my family and friends don’t have iCloud accounts? Will they be able to access them if I want to share? I’m all for Notes and Reminders being online though, that is a much needed addition to iCloud.
What are your thoughts on this rumored social expansion?