In its recent conference call discussing its record-smashing financial results, Apple revealed that its cloud syncing service, iCloud, currently has 85 million users signed up. iCloud debuted alongside the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 as a free-of-charge replacement for Apple’s old MobileMe service, and its growth over the past three months has apparently been explosive; during the same period, iCloud signups exceeded unit sales of Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads combined.

Apple has called iCloud part of its “strategy for the next decade,” and as an iCloud user myself I can see why. The cloud syncing service runs much faster and much more seamlessly than MobileMe ever did, and it’s very hard to argue with the price: $0 gets your email, calendars, contacts, and documents synced across all your devices with almost zero effort.

iCloud now has 85 million users originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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