According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will announce a few upgrades to their free iCloud service at WWDC this June including a photo-sharing feature that will allow multiple users to comment on each picture.
The multiple “unnamed sources” claim the upgrade will be compatible with uploaded personal videos as well, not just still images. The iCloud refresh will also support Notes and Reminders, leaked prematurely earlier this month.
The pre-iCloud service, MobileMe, offered a similar photo feature to paid subscribers called the MobileMe Gallery. As the name implies, a user could create galleries filled with their personal pictures and videos; one could then share them publicly or privately with the option of adding a password.
The service has now been closed to new customers, although limited support is available for those who have not transferred over to the new iCloud service.
Launching an online photo gallery with a social backbone will compete with other photo services such as Flickr. Facebook also stands as a potential competitor; the social networking giant has recently purchased Instagram for $1 Billion, revealing a strong focus on the photo sharing market.
There are still many unanswered questions about the new service. Will the photos and videos be limited to iDevices or available on the web as well? Will friends comment on pictures and videos using their name, Apple ID, phone number or other social network login?
If Apple hopes to bring an iCloud photo-sharing feature as a key point in bringing new customers in, the service needs to be impressive.
(Image used is concept and not actual product service)
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