iCloud storage upgrade extended for MobileMe users
Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:31 AM
DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft's SkyDrive are more like a "hard drive in the sky".
Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:31 AM
Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:02 AM
But with iCloud, there is no way to use the storage like that. I just can't imagine using even 5 GB given the current design much less 20 GB. All you can do is use applications to read/write to iCloud storage. Most applications I use currently don't do that.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:52 AM
I'm sure that Apple will add additional functions to iCloud, and plus more third parties will build iCloud functions into their apps (document versioning, for example). They may even enable "disk in the sky" functionality, but I doubt it. Their goal appears to be to make Cloud integration invisible to the user.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:59 PM
For true cloud storage, I'm using DropBox and Google Drive. Apple needs to step it up and give its customers access to the space they're paying for.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:20 AM
iCloud's shortcomings are essentially the same as those for .Mac and Mobile Me - a limited number of services that are platform and application specific. Mobile Me never provided a complete web services package; if you wanted to use an app other than iWeb to serve your web site, Mobile Me was all but useless. Nor could you easily use a non-Apple domain name.
iCloud has dropped web hosting altogether, which will be no great loss to most people. Like other Apple hobbies, iWeb was a good idea that never got out of diapers. But now that there are so many brand name cloud services coming online, iCloud looks as parochial as Mobile Me ever did. Clearly Apple sees iCloud as servicing the Apple ecosystem and little else. This eco system will grow somewhat when Mountain Lion comes out, but it will still be far from a full featured cloud environment.
The loss of the albums feature in Mobile Me probably reflects the ascendency of social networking sites for photo and video sharing. Apple's services were an early contender but they failed to evolve to keep up with the competition. Apple's other forays into social networking have been equally tepid and underdeveloped. For all I know Apple may be wise not to try to be all things to all people. Why reinvent the wheel if you cannot improve on it? Still, it's hard not to imagine that iCloud could be more than a mere sync server for iDevices, especially given the huge server farms Apple has been building.
Like others Apple is feeling its way into cloud computing. And like others, a lot of their initiatives have fallen by the wayside. Certainly Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have had their share of false starts. It's just that we expect better from Apple. And, when it comes to the cloud, they have yet to deliver anything first rate. The simple fact may be that there is no way to deliver a full service cloud system that is at the same time simple and easy to use. Thus we may be left to use DropBox here, iCloud there, Google Drive and GoDaddy somewhere else. That, at the present time at least, is the state of the art.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:05 AM
Thank you Apple!