iCloud – The Failure Solution from Apple

Apple’s iCloud service is slated to be a failure solution in near term. The ability to wirelessly sync all held iOS devices might delight the early adopters of the solution but holds limited value when actually put to use. iCloud can easily expose the sensitive user data stored over the cloud interface and eventually lead to information leakage. The end users who end up storing personal pictures and videos might find themselves in the soup if information gets synced with all iOS devices and be accessed by family members or friends. Another haunting aspect about iCloud solution is the data ownership element. The iCloud data will not belong to the user when not in use. It will be hosted on a cloud interface and is at potential risk for accessibility by hackers. The end users have full control of their data and files on a local disk storage environment than on iCloud.

The end users who wish to leverage from the service on iOS 5 should reconsider their decision as it can torment their privacy in short term horizon. The core benefits of using the solution will be reaped by those who are avid gamers and cherish downloading apps or other data field quite often on their iOS devices such as iPad. A regular league user is generally unable to consume the local disk storage capacity of the device itself. Therefore, iCloud solution for such users will be totally futile. The apprehensive users should look to cautiously use the service if need be without storing sensitive data and information on the cloud based solution. The service should be avoided by the value based customers for the time being. The technology should be given more time for maturing and only then the users should act in a smart manner on the move.

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One Response to "iCloud – The Failure Solution from Apple"

  1. Jeff Silberman says:

    iCloud is a failure on many more levels than you have described. When you refer to early adopters, I think you may be off the mark. Those who thoroughly utilize MobileMe already have experienced the best that iCloud had to offer before the release of IOS5 and the iCloud service. The Mail, Address Book, and Calendar components of MobileMe are moving over to iCloud. They are dropping the synchronized universal content storage of iDisk and the Gallery Storage and integrated publishing feature that made sharing high quality media that is available to share without time limits or local storage demands thanks to the gallery app.
    While there are alternative synchronized storage solutions, the gallery alternatives are not. This move is more than bad for customers who relied on the tightly integrated features of Moblieme simplicity. Since they are dismantling the services by giving iCloud email addresses combined with Calendar, and Address Book sync away with 5 GB of storage, there is no reason to send over $150.00 to Apple anymore.
    So, a hundred goes to Drop box or another storage sync solution and something else for the Gallery substitute for less than $50 and financially I’m in the same boat while Apple loses that portion of my business and left me disgusted with this move.
    Until iCloud, I was very happy with the service and the price. Now, I am left wondering how involved Steve was in the latest project. This is a departure from the simplicity of Apples “it Just works” motto.
    On the subject of iCloud sync services for the media that it does allow, it is an exercise in frustration that is counterintuitive for Device and Computer integration.
    The jury is still out on what the heck they are doing with syncing/streaming content with devices that are far lower in capacity than the computers media libraries.
    This streamlining of the business model is leaving out great features and sending business elsewhere for sharing and saving network content that was once the draw for buying the latest updated iLife and Aperture software.

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