The service provides its users with means to store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers for download to i OS, Macintosh or Windows devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices if lost or stolen.
The service also provides the means to wirelessly back up i OS devices directly to i Cloud, instead of being reliant on manual backups to a host Mac or Windows computer using i Tunes.
One of Apple's i Cloud data centers is located in Maiden, North Carolina, US.
Beginning in 2011, i Cloud is based on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure (Apple i OS Security white paper published in 2014, Apple acknowledged that encrypted i OS files are stored in Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure at the 2011 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Apple announced that Mobile Me would be discontinued after June 30, 2012, with anyone who had an account before the unveiling of i Cloud having their Mobile Me service extended to that date, free of charge.
The cloud-based system allows users to store heterogenous music, photos, applications, documents, bookmarks, reminders, backups, notes, i Books, and contacts, and provides a platform for Apple's email servers and calendars.
Third-party i OS and OS X app developers are able to implement i Cloud functionality in their apps through the i Cloud API.
Data backed up includes photos and videos in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, messages (i Message, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and Visual Voicemails.
Backups occur daily when the device is locked and connected to Wi-Fi and a power source.
In case of a malfunction of any Apple device, during the restoration process, i Cloud offers to restore all data along with App data only if the device was synced to i Cloud and backed up.
As before, this service allows users to log in remotely to other computers that have Back to My Mac enabled and are configured with the same Apple ID. Mac and i Tools before it), an i Cloud account includes an email account.
Unlike Mobile Me and its previous iterations, an email address is an optional part of an i Cloud account, in that the user can choose not to use it but can still use the email as their i Cloud Apple ID.
The email account can be accessed using any standard IMAP-compatible email client, as well as the online web app mail client at the i