Category: iCloud

iPhone/iPad Tip: Notes From the Notes App Can Now Be Edited In a Browser on

iCloud apps in web browser

The Notes app on the iPhone & iPad just became a lot more useful thanks to a recept update to Now, notes created on the iPhone can be edited in a web browser on, and vice versa. With iCloud syncing, it’s all pushed wirelessly and automatically—no need to tap a button or connect a cord. And no matter if you’re on Windows or Mac, home or office, if there’s a web browser, you can access and edit your notes and sync back the changes to the iPhone instantly.

I find this feature incredibly useful for doing things like maintaining a to-do list, planning vacations, or simply storing important bits of information that I come across throughout the day.

There is one tricky part, however. In the Notes app, you have to create the notes you want to sync in the special iCloud “folder,” which is kind of hidden. To find this folder, open the Notes app, if you see a button labeled Notes in the top-left corner, tap it, then/else tap Accounts:

Maneuver to iCloud account in Notes app

Then tap iCloud from the list shown (see below):

Create Notes in the iCloud folder

Now, when you create or edit a note, it will created in your iCloud account and be pushed (synced) to iCloud. You can then go to, log in, click on the Notes icon, and take up where you left off. You’ll even see that familiar legal-pad yellow paper background (see below).

You can make your iCloud account the default account for new notes by going into the iPhone’s Settings > Notes and selecting iCloud. That way, when you create new notes (for example, creating a note via Siri), they will by default be synced via iCloud.

The Notes app at, editing a note I created on the iPhone (click to enlarge):

Of course, you must first have iCloud set up on your iPhone/iPad. To set up iCloud, go to Settings > iCloud and make sure the Notes tab set to On.

A List of iOS 5 Features

Apple today at its Worldwide Developers Conference detailed features for its upcoming iOS5 software update and a new iCloud service that delivers wireless synching of data for Apple devices. iOS5 and iCloud will be available this fall.

A detailed list of announced features is below:

  • Improved iOS notifications. Notifications (alerts) will appear now briefly in a box at the top of the screen before disappearing.
  • Notification Center. Notifications no longer permanently disappear. Users can access a list of their alerts in the Notifications Center by swiping down on the screen.
  • Newstand app. Newstand is a new app where you can access all your subscription content like newspapers and magazines. New issues are automatically downloaded in the background when they become available. Content can then be read offline.
  • Twitter integration systemwide. You no longer have to use separate apps to sign in to Twitter. Instead, you can enter your Twitter info in the iPhone’s settings, then create tweets from apps like Camera, Photos, articles from Safari, etc. You can also add Twitter handles to contacts.
  • Tabs added to Safari browser.
  • New Reader view in Safari. Reader view will strip away ads and extraneous formatting for an easy-to-read view of content.
  • New Reading List feature saves articles from the web to read later.
  • iPhone now quicker to take a photo. Camera app launches faster, and it’s much quicker to take a photo.
  • Button on iPhone’s lock screen can be tapped to quickly launch the Camera app. No need to unlock the iPhone first.
  • Volume button now can be used to take a photo (as a shutter button).
  • You can now set and lock exposure settings and focus for taking photos.
  • Edit photos on the iPhone. Crop, rotate, fix red-eye, and one-tap enhancement of photos.
  • Camera now has pinch to digitally zoom-in. Replaces the tedious process of tapping the screen and using a zoom slider.
  • New features for Mail app. Drag email addresses to different fields. Rich text formatting. Flag email messages. S/MIME security.
  • New “thumbs friendly” iPad keyboard feature.. Keyboard separates into two sections on the side of the screen, makes it easier to type with your thumbs.
  • Systemwide dictionary. Select word, tap Define, and you’ll get a great looking definition pop-up.
  • Computer no longer required to activate and use an iPhone. Through new features like over-the-air updating, Apple is allowing you to cut the cord and use the iPhone without owning a computer. No prompt to plug in the iPhone to iTunes out of the box. Instead it simply says welcome.
  • Over-the-air software updates. iOS software updates will be “Delta Updates,” meaning they will be smaller updates for only what’s changed, instead of one huge replacement of the current operating system.
  • Create & delete calendars right from iOS. Previously you couldn’t.
  • GameCenter gets new features. See game scores of your friends’ friends. Friend recommendations. Game recommendations. Download games from within GameCenter app.
  • New messaging service and app called iMessages. A new text messaging service for all iOS customers. Send messages between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The phone carriers won’t be happy about this one.
  • Introducing iCloud. An online service that stores your content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. Automatically uploads content, stores it, and pushes it to all your devices. Changes to your calendars, mail, and contacts pushed to all devices. App Store purchases pushed to all your devices. Pushes iBook content and page position to all devices. Documents and changes to documents can be pushed to all devices.
  • iCloud is free.
  • 5 GB of storage for mail, documents, Camera Roll, account information, settings, and other app data. Purchased music, apps, books, and Photo Stream photos do not count against your free storage.
  • Daily device backups to iCloud over WiFi for your purchased music, apps, books, photos, videos, device settings, and app data.
  • New Photo Stream feature pushes new photos to all your devices. Photo Stream will be built into iOS apps, Mac apps, and the Apple TV. Compatible with the Photos folder on a Windows PC. A new Photo Stream album inside the Photos app is a rolling collection of your last 1000 photos. iCloud stores new photos for 30 days so you’ll have time to connect to Wi-Fi and sync your most recent photos.
  • iTunes in the cloud lets you download music purchases to all devices at no extra cost. From now on, new song purchases can be automatically pushed to all devices for free.
  • New iTunes Match service will let you stream non-iTunes-purchased music from iCloud to your devices for $24.99 a year. iTunes will scan your music collection, and if it can match the songs with the 18 millions songs in the iTunes Store, it will allow you to stream it. The music will play back at 256-Kbps quality, even if the original copy was of lower quality. Regardless of how many songs you have, iTunes Match will cost the same ($24.99).

Steve Jobs to Introduce Next Gen iPhone Software and iCloud Service at WWDC

Apple today announced they will be revealing iOS 5, the next generation of software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, along with iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud service, The new software will be announced on Monday, June 6, at 10:00 am PT during the keynote of its Worldwide Developers Conference. CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote and will be joined onstage by a team of Apple executives. Apple will also introduce Lion, the next version of its OSX software for Macs.

Apple’s press release serves as the first official confirmation of iCloud, a service that is rumored to let users stream their iTunes music library from a server without having to upload each song. Instead, Apple will scan user’s iTunes library to confirm ownership of music, then allow for high-quality streaming of that music. The lack of the need to upload gigabytes of music to online “lockers” is what will differentiate iCloud from similar announced services, Amazon’s Cloud Player and Google’s Music Beta.

One rumored feature of Apple’s iOS 5 is a new deeply integrated voice command interface that stems from Apple’s acquisition last year of Siri, a voice-commanded personal assistant service (and awesome iPhone app). The new interface could allow users to launch and close apps and input text inside of apps without the need for use of the touchscreen.

Other rumored features for iOS 5 include a redesigned notifications system and widgets, according to sources speaking to Techcrunch.

The announcement of iOS 5 at this time of year seems to confirm that the next iPhone will arrive in the fall. Apple has previously announced the next-generation of iPhone software several months before the release of new iPhone hardware in order to give developers time to plan for and get acquainted with the new OS. For example, iOS4 was announced in April 2010, with the iPhone 4 arriving a few months later on June 24, 2010.