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Apple welcomes some users to iCloud with early email

As Apple prepares to introduced its iCloud service alongside iOS 5 and its new iPhone hardware in the next two weeks, the company appears to have let some "Welcome to iCloud" emails slip out early.

An AppleInsider reader received one of the emails on Friday, welcoming him to iCloud and advising him that his email address is the Apple ID he'll use to get his iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC set up.

The email advises users to "follow these instructions and you’ll be up and running in no time," but unfortunately the instructions page on Apple's website is not yet available, suggesting the email was likely issued prematurely during testing.

"Once iCloud is set up, it stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices," the email says. "For example, buy a song with iTunes on your computer, and it will appear on your iPod touch and iPad."

It continues: "When you snap a photo on your iPhone it will automatically be sent to your iPad. You can start creating a Pages document on your iPhone, and put the finishing touches on it from your iPad. There’s no need to dock or sync to your computer. With iCloud, it just works."

Apple is currently evaluating portions of the iCloud service in beta versions of iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X 10.7.2, and its official iCloud web page still advertises the service as "Coming this fall."