On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple will announce it is adding new photo and video syncing services to iCloud at its June developers’ conference, something it’s heard from unnamed sources that are “familiar with the matter.”
These improvements are said to include the ability to not just sync photos across devices, but also to share photos and albums outside of Photostream, and allow others to comment on the photos.
Videos will apparently get some iCloud love too: Right now Photostream only syncs photos between Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices. According to the Journal’s report, videos will also have the ability to be synced through Photostream or something similar.
These iCloud improvements are said to be part of the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, which will be previewed for developers at the show – just as 9to5Mac said last week in its report on Apple’s plans for its own mobile mapping service.
It’s remarkable how quickly Apple has moved to build up its iCloud services, particularly for a company that previously hasn’t had much success with networked services. Apple CEO Tim Cook has embraced iCloud, calling it “a strategy for the next decade,” and users have responded by signing up in droves: iCloud was introduced at the same developer conference last year and as of April, Apple said more than 125 million customers had signed up for it.
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