Cloud storage is one of the key features that Apple is bringing to the table with the release of the iOS 5 to the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS. This iCloud storage space provided by the Apple can be used to sync/backup all the user data such calendars, reminders, messages, app data, photos, videos, music etc. up in the “air”. This apparently seems a very convenient feature that every thing you have on your iOS 5 device automatically saved to the iCloud that you can access from anywhere including a desktop computer. However, the storage space provided by the Apple is 5GB for each user which is quite limited and I am sure most users will not be able to “fit” their data in this small storage space provided. Note that you can pay some more money to upgrade to a plan with more storage space but then money is also involved.
Good news is that a company well known for quite some time for providing online storage space services namely Box.net is now generously giving away 50GB of storage space to its users and all for free! That’s really a big amount of space particularly considering that its for free. We guess that they felt the heat when Apple announced their own cloud services as it was poised to threaten Box.net business model so they came up with very attractive deal to lure more customers under their umbrella. Box.net actually has already an iOS app utilizing the cloud storage provided – all you have to do is to upgrade the app version and then sign-in to the app using your account to claim this 50GB of cloud storage!
• View files directly on your iPhone and iPad
• Share files easily with a link
• Upload photos to your Box account (iPhones only)
• Open files in other apps installed on your device, like Documents to Go and GoodReader (iPads only)
• Secure content with file-level encryption, a four-digit passcode and automatic logout when the app is closed
• Project files from Box to a TV, LCD monitor or projector via AV Out (iPads and iPhone 4S only); wirelessly stream content using AirPlay (iPad 2 and iPhone 4S only)
• Wirelessly print to AirPrint-enabled printers (iPads only)
It should also be mentioned that although 50 GB of cloud storage is a lot for most users but there are some limitations on its use that should be kept in mind. One of the major one is files larger than 100 MB cannot be transferred. It seems that desktop client is only available to customers which are paying 15$/month. If you do upgrade to this package (15$/month) you will get a desktop client as well as file upload limit will be relaxed from a mere 100MB to 2GB. Of course, the key new features of the latest version of the Box.net app is Apple Airplay compatibility and wireless streaming to compatible devices.
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