Apple’s Sky-High iCloud Numbers Suggest Computing’s Next Big Thing

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Feb. 15 2012 1:50 PM

Apple’s Sky-High iCloud Numbers Suggest Computing’s Next Big Thing

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(Attendees walk by signs for the new iCloud and iOS5 during the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference on June 6, 2011 at the Moscone Center on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California.)

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Apple released eye-popping statistics this week that show the tech company's cloud-computing prospects are sky-high. Their iCloud service has surpassed 100-million users since they began offering it this past October, which breaks down to about 25 million new users per month—a growth of nearly 1 million every day.

In remarks reportedly made at the Goldman Sachs Tech Conference, CEO Tim Cook said, "I view iCloud not as something with a year or two product life—it’s a strategy for the next decade or more. It’s truly profound."

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Apple's success will likely boost similar services across multiple industries in the next few years, as customers look to have their various devices sync information beyond a central computer in their homes. Google’s own interest in the technology is a sure sign of the future. And you know what that means: cloud-hacking can't be far behind.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.