Elevation Partners Co-Founder Roger McNamee discussed Apple’s stock price, innovation and the company’s iCloud service. He spoke on “Bloomberg West.”
My issue with Apple is that the [iCloud] software isn’t very good and that they’ve made the experience less attractive and failed to recognize some of the opportunities in the cloud that are available to them… When are they going to wake up and realize that the cloud is the future of their world and that their cloud product, currently, is terrible? And, it doesn’t need to be; they’re Apple, they can get this right… They have two operating systems today [OS X and iOS]… iCloud is a third operating system and, if they were to treat it as an equal partner rather than subordinating it to the other two, the market opportunity there, I think, would be at least as big as iOS… Think about the original iPod. It only worked with Macs at the beginning. It didn’t take off until they opened it up to the whole world. Well, the same thing’s true with iCloud. When they open it up to the whole world, they’re going to take over the whole world… Dropbox exist[s] because Apple failed to get this right. – Roger McNamee
Full video here.
MacDailyNews Take: Major iCloud changes and additions were just announced a couple of months ago. Let’s get it all perfect — including building out the very expensive worldwide data center infrastructure — for Mac and iOS device users first before we think about opening it up to every Tom, Dick, and Harry who’ve settled for inferior, not to mention rather insecure, Android phones and Windows PeeCees first, okay?
Hey, Rog, by the way, how’s Palm doing?
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