Jun 09, 2014

How significant are Apple’s changes to iCloud?

Apple apparently announced that they are making changes to iCloud. I’m not an Apple user personally, but I’ve had to help out a friend of mine who is not at all tech savvy a few times, and when I had to deal with iCloud it seemed more like a second tier product. That’s not what I would have expected from Apple. Things that should be simple really weren’t. For example, I don’t understand why Apple couldn’t make it easy to transfer photos between devices on iCloud. That’s super basic, consumer level functionality, and should be a slam dunk. What kind of changes is Apple making to iCloud? Are they going to be enough for it to really be a competitive alternative to other cloud offerings?

Here's an article that covers the most important things that Apple announced at WWDC, including changes to iCloud:

The 22 most important things Apple announced at WWDC 2014

"Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a glimpse into the future of OS X, iOS 8, and the developer tools that bring them to life. This is the rare event where a man can get on stage and write code for ten minutes while thousands of developers watch in stunned silence before erupting in applause. It's where Apple talks about everything it's bringing to customers, and to developers — the deeply nerdy and the user-friendly, all in one two-hour event.

Rumors were flying about all sorts of hardware that might be announced at WWDC, but this was a software-focused show. OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 bring the desktop and mobile device closer together than they’ve ever been before, and a host of new developer tools should enable the creation of some powerful new apps. That includes a new programming language, Swift, which Apple hopes will replace Objective-C over time."

One change that announced at WWDC was that there would be a “family feature” with iOS 8, so that there aren’t all the problems associated with shared iCloud accounts. What problems, you ask? Kids deleting all of their parents business contacts, embarrassing photos of girlfriends/boyfriends syncing with parent devices. iMessage being used by multiple people. I know this is not exactly what you asked, but it seems pretty relevant. Ask someone who works at an Apple store if having cloud backup on shared accounts has ever caused any problems...I bet they will have some entertaining examples for you. 

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