With Apple’s announcement that the features in iCloud will be open to third party developers I thought now would be the perfect time to ask what apps you most want to see integrated with iCloud when it launches alongside iOS 5 this fall.
Some apps have already begun using syncing features by storing your information on their servers for use across multiple devices, but there are still a number of them that could greatly benefit from taking advantage of what iCloud offers.
I’ve put together a short list of apps that I think should take advantage of the wireless syncing service when it’s released.
Quickoffice Pro HD
While the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) all work together with Microsoft Office files, sometimes your files don’t translate as well as you’d like from one program to another. Quickoffice Pro HD is useful for those times that you want to open a file from Microsoft Office in its native state.
This app already syncs with a number of different services, but since most of those services have storage limits why not add iCloud as another alternative? Also, many users have complained about not being able to transfer larger file sizes in the current version while integrating iCloud could potentially correct that problem.
Epicurious is a handy app for foodies and at-home chefs. Using the app you can quickly browse recipes by keyword, look through recipe collections, create and share grocery lists, and save recipes to a favorite list.
This app currently has the ability to sync your recipe box across devices for a small one time fee, but a free service is always the best answer! If Epicurious takes advantage of iCloud they could offer this service for free which would be a wonderful upgrade to an already great app.
TripAdvisor is a helpful app and website to use when you’re planning a trip or already on the go. You can use the app to find and read reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and cheap flights.
The iPad app has the ability to save hotels, restaurants, and attractions you come across for easy access later. I prefer to do my trip planning from home using my computer and then take my iPad on the road when I’m ready to travel. With the ability to plan ahead and then sync your “saves” to the iPad app using iCloud you’ll be ready to go anywhere!
Unfortunately, Game Center is only offered on mobile devices and not yet offered in the Mac App Store, but with the rise in Mac gaming due to the success of the App Store it would be great to see this in the future.
So, while Game Center could only take advantage of iCloud on the iPhone and iPad in the immediate future I think it would be great to see it across all of Apple’s products down the road. It would be really fun to have the ease of playing games, picking up where you left off, and recording your high scores with your friends from your home computer and also on the go with your iPad.
What Are Your Thoughts?
It’s clear to see that Apple has only begun to introduce us to what iCloud can do. I look forward to seeing what the future holds in store for this service as Apple continues to develop it and more third party developers get involved.
So, what are your thoughts? What apps have you come to love that you would like to see integrated with iCloud first? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!