The following may just be my own personal experience with iCloud. Your experiences may differ.
Since I have been prompted, encouraged and enticed to dump MobileMe for iClould I have had a bit of a rough time of it.
for me iClould crashes frequently and in general has been a huge step backwards from MobileMe.
I understand product pivots and corporate changes of direction, these are business decisions that often push the envelope to good places. But when users are forced to become guniea pigs to the experiment I cease to be amused or appeased.
After I lose almost a hour each day just accessing and organizing my mail I begin to lose my sense of adventure. There is enough stuff that does not work in the diverse world of computing for the few things that did work begin to function inappropriately.
The big quandry for me is why in the heck it hangs up my whole computer causing me to perform a hard restart. I have tried iCloud with various browsers with the same result. I have not given up yet but my patience is wearing real thin.
Apple has in essense quietly built a system of infrastructures and support systems around all of the devices and products it produces.
This to me is exactly what I think Apple’s competitors have failed to either notice or respond to. These are also important and essential elements that engender the tremendous customer loyalty and confidence Apple now enjoys, and why other companies have such a hard time going up against Apple.
It is like a football team with the best training facilities, coaches, stadium and fans. They win games they should on paper lose and pack their stadium year after year with adoring fans that spring for season tickets. The city wins wins, as do the players and their agents, area vendors and businesses all profit as a result.
- ITunes is the Infrastructure for iPods, iPhones, iPads and media on Macs.
- iCloud is set to become the infrastructure for itunes and those same devices.
- Apple stores are the retail infrastucture and consumer interface supporting everything Apple.
- Apple’s Developer network is the infrastructure supporting the many developers building great apps and software solutions.
- MacWorld though not an Apple production also supported the juncture of customers, developers and media.
Its all interconnected and self-supporting. Competitors can’t easily rally to pick off and compete against one disconnected part. It is almost as if Apple has circled their wagons and geared up for what is to come.
The closer we get to the much-rumored release date of the Apple’s next generation iPhone the more rumor mill stories are all ablaze with rumors and imaginings.
is almost certain that October 4th is the agreed upon coming out date for both the iPhone 5 and new CEO, Tim Cook. We might even begin to expect a dual model release as well. But that is unconfirmed at this point.
However, it is fairly certain that Apple competitors will do everything they can to steal Apple’s thunder or muddy the water with rumors and intentional misdirection in order to slow the leader down.
We have also just learned that isome pre-orders of the new iPhone 5 have started in select cases. Purchasers will receive an advantage coupon ahead of the great expected demand. A further clue to the nearness of the iPhone 5 is that Apple Store employees are set to go through intensive iOS 5 and iPhone 5 and iCloud training.