A number of internal documents describing iCloud and iOS 5 have been leaked to the web with information about the system requirements and customer eligibility for free service.According to
the screenshots / document scans obtained by Cultofmac
, the internal papers show what Apple staffers are supposed to tell customers when they ask about iCloud and iOS 5.
When asked “What is iCloud”, employees are supposed to say “iCloud stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. iCloud is integrated with your apps so everything happens automatically. It just works. iCloud is free for customers with iOS 5 or OS X Lion.”
So, basically, you don’t necessarily need to be Mac user to be a free iCloud customer, but you will have to own an iOS device. It goes vice versa too, in case you don’t own an iPhone, but you do have a Mac. So you’ll need either one to get started.
Next, the documents list the following system requirements: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (3rd or 4th generation) with iOS 5; Mac with OS X Lion v 10.7.2 or later and iTuns 10.5 or later; Windows PC with Windows 7 or Windows Vista and iTunes 10.5 or later.
Availability is again confirmed for October 12, meaning Apple will let loose Mac OS X 10.7.2 later today, or early tomorrow morning (though today is probably the safer bet).
For iOS 5, employees are supposed to say: “iOS 5 is a free software update that adds over 200 new features for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’s available for download and installation through iTunes. The free software update will be available October 12th.