Apple has confirmed that its much-trumpeted iCloud service will appear in the next major update to OSX Lion.
The company has seeded a developer beta of OSX 10.7.2 to its army of unpaid testers for the sole purpose of testing the cloud-based syncing-and-storage service expected to be released alongside iOS5 some time this autumn.
OSX 10.7.1 will almost certainly address the long list of snags encountered in Wednesday's public release of Lion and could surface within the next few days.
iCloud will replace Apple's paid-for MobileMe service and will offer 5GB of storage as well as syncing for the company's home-grown apps including Mail, Calendar and Contacts.
The core service will be free but heavy users will be able to bolt additional storage and services on at a cost.