Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Monday announced the company's long-awaited new iCloud service, which allows users to store contacts, music, calendar events, and files online, and he said it will be free -- for now.
A gaunt but energetic Jobs announced the new service just over an hour into the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Jobs has been clear for a decade that he wants to free up the ubiquitous iPods and iPads from his nemesis – the PC. The new service will replace Apple's $99-a-year MobileMe service.
Jobs has been on medical leave since January – he has been treated in the past for a rare form of pancreatic cancer – but he has reappeared for important events such as unveiling the iPad2 in March. On Monday, he appeared in his trademark black sweater and jeans to open the conference, laughing when one audience member shouted, "We love you."
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