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iCloud doesn’t fully launch until iOS 5 arrives this fall, but you can check out some features right now. Apple has pushed out updates to the iOS 4.3 App Store, iBooks and iTunes apps that let you check out your purchase history, and setup Automatic Downloads.

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iCloud doesn’t fully launch until iOS 5 arrives this fall, but you can check out some features right now. Apple has pushed out updates to the iOS 4.3 App Store, iBooks and iTunes apps that let you check out your purchase history, and setup Automatic Downloads.

App Store

In the App Store, go to the Updates tab, and you should see a new item at the very top of the list called “Purchased.” Tapping that link will show you your entire app library, and you can easily see only a list of apps that aren’t yet installed on the device you’re currently using. One tap (followed by your iTunes store password) installs any app in the list on your device, free of charge.

iBooks

Hit the Store button in iBooks, and then tap the new “Purchased” icon in the bottom menu to find your library. Just like with the App Store, you can see all your owned titles, including those not on your current device.

iTunes

iTunes has a new “Purchased” menu item in the bottom menu as well, which replaces the Ping icon which no one ever used anyway. It works just like the other two mentioned above, but there’s a catch: iTunes in the Cloud is for U.S. customers only right now, so you won’t even see the icon if you’re in another country.

Automatic Downloads

You can also now turn on Automatic Downloads for any of the above in the Store section of your iOS device’s Settings app. That will mean that, if enabled, when you make a purchase on any device, it will be pushed out automatically to your others, too. You can also toggle whether or not your device will download over a cellular connection — very useful for those with metered data plans.

Apple is also going to release a beta version of iTunes 10.3 that will let you do this stuff on your Mac, too, but the download link hasn’t yet gone live. Let us know if and when you manage to grab it.

  1. I see even deleated app in my all purchased list. I want remove some of them from history Is it possible? Or I don’t want to see history of my purchased app. Can I turn of that option?

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  2. Small detail – I think the Purchased button has been in iBooks for months, except it’s actually “Purchases” and is an icon of a few books. My wife and I were pleased to discover it some time around iOS 4.3.0 after double-buying a few books.

    In any event, it will be awesome to have it all be cloudy and sync automatically… I mean oh-toe-matically. POE-TAE-TOES.

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  3. I’m in France and it’s Tuesday 7,June, the day after WWDC event, and I’m seeing new setting, choices in French on my iPod (4thG)
    and iPad 1 & 2, which relate to iCloud announcement re iTunes Plus new Apple Store agreements we needed to “agree” to. So Apple may be activating things more pervasively.

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  4. Do you know how the security is managed in iCloud? I would imagine that for such massive and sensitive service, every user will get unique digital certificate, so all documents, emails etc are stored in encrypted form. Or this is just logon name and password? Any challenge similar to the recent large hacking events, in case of iCloud would mean a global disaster for millions of users. Certainly this is dealt with by Apple well, but there is no public information available on any aspects of security of this incentive.

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  5. Michael Emery Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Automatic Downloads for music must be a US only feature, or maybe it’s just New Zealand that misses out… again. I use the New Zealand iTunes Store and I am only seeing options for automatic download of apps or books in the Store settings.

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  6. With all this new automatic syncing with iCloud, I assume that this will go against your data usage while on 3G and not Wifi?

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