Apple’s iCloud has finally delivered on Steve Jobs’ original promise from 2011

Bradley Chambers for 9to5Mac:

Back when Steve Jobs unveiled iCloud in 2011, we were pitched a vision of data being available everywhere. Jobs pitched demoting the Mac and moving the digital hub into the cloud. All of our devices had connectivity built-in, so data should be available everywhere. The problem was it didn’t cover all of our photos. We didn’t get that until iCloud Photos came in iOS 8. It didn’t cover iMessage, as that didn’t come until a few years ago. It didn’t cover all of our files, but only those in the iCloud folder stored inside of app folders. We didn’t get seamless syncing of files until Apple added Desktop and Document folder syncing.

Apple may have unveiled the iCloud brand name in 2011, but they’ve kept chipping away at features until they had a really robust solution.

I am very thankful for iCloud. A lot of people will say that “Apple can’t do cloud-services”, but I am here to say that as someone who relies on iCloud for almost all of my work, Apple has finally arrived with the iCloud experience…

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iCloud has become a robust, quite dependable service here in mid-2019! It’s a major reason why those of us who are smartly all-Apple have such an easy time with technology – Continuity – it all just works!

1 Comment

  1. Can somebody please quickly outline the logic behind iCloud’s photo library? My parents took some photos while overseas, ran out of local iPhone space there, and turned on iCloud Photo Library to get around that problem.

    Issue is that to get those photos onto their Mac at home, they have to upload a 400GB library on an anaemic upload. I haven’t seen any of their photos on the Mac yet that were initially taken on the phone.

    Does it not take a moment to quickly download new photos before uploading older ones?

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