iCloud Photo Stream is set to launch with iOS 5 very soon and it will revolutionize the way picture sharing is done.
Taking pictures is really easy these days, there’s a camera on your iPhone, your iPad, Mac, and even the iPod. In addition to those Apple products, you can get a fantastic Canon, Nikon, or Sony DSLR for under $1000.
Camera technology has paved the way for iCloud Photo Stream
Cameras on smartphones shoot 5MP and higher while a DSLR can shoot at 18MP and even 21 MP for the best DSLRs. The digital pictures that you can take with these cameras (DSLR, point-and-shoot, and smartphones) are awesome. It enables anyone with some skill to take great pictures for fun, blogging, and capturing those great memories. Plus, with flash memory costing less than $1.50 per gigabyte, the world is wide open for taking as many images as you can shoot. This has paved the way for a technology like iCloud Photo Stream.
Digital Picture Frames have disappointed, leaving an opportunity for iCloud Photo Stream
It’s true, digital photography has revolutionized the way we capture memories. However, sharing those memories in digital form has been disappointing and frustrating. Digital picture frames have fallen short in a number of ways:
1) Digital picture frames usually come with small screens (5 x 7 at best)
2) They are a pain for transferring images
3) They have limited memory
4) They offer little to no additional functionality (such as telling the weather, offering the time, etc)
How iCloud Photo Stream changes everything
When you have a technology like DSLR photography that has rapidly matured and advanced the picture taking capabilities of millions of people AND you have a lackluster technology such as the digital picture frame, you have created the perfect storm for a breakthrough technology.
The storm on the horizon is iCloud Photo Stream (pun intended). iCloud Photo Stream will allow pictures to be wirelessly transmitted to your iPad for viewing. You can get these images on other devices too, but iPad plus iCloud Photo Stream really solves all of the above problems with digital picture frames.
1) iPad has a big, beautiful, high resolution display
2) iCloud plus iPad enable instant, wireless image transfer
3) The iPad has 16GB of memory onboard and iCloud Photo Stream stores additional images
4) With iPad, right at your fingertips, you can check the weather, the time, your stock ticker, etc
miFrame plus iPad plus iCloud Photo Stream
Now add the miFrame to the mix. Robb and I (Justin) designed miFrame to transform iPad into the Ultimate Digital Photo Frame. miFrame adds three things to this equation:
1) Style: You can now dock and display iPad in an elegant aluminum frame that goes great with most décor
2) Power: You can charge iPad while its showing the latest images from your iCloud Photo Stream
3) Positive Space: With iPad removed miFrame displays any 8×10 photograph you choose
This mix is sure to bring picture viewing up to par with picture taking.
Let the revolution begin, we can’t wait!