Apple’s iCloud

by Taylor G

Image of Apple's iCloud Logo. Retrieved October 17, 2011, from: http://www.apple.com/icloud/

Summary:

Recently Apple released their new iPhone.  With their new phone, they released their new iOS which powers the iPhone.  iOS 5 includes one of Apple’s newest products, ‘iCloud’.  What iCloud does is it syncs data between any Apple product and any PC.  For example, say you’re typing up notes in class on your iPad or iPhone, you switch devices and pick up exactly where you left off.  iCloud will also remember your settings, applications, the layouts of your apps, and text messages.  So far iCloud will work with apple’s productivity software, iWork, it will backup the photos on your camera roll.  Eventually it will back up third-party applications like Angry Birds gameplay data.  Of course this feature isn’t completely free, Apple will give you the first 5GB for free, then charge you $20/year for 10GB, $40/year for 20GB, and $100/year for 50GB, but iTunes music, apps, books, and Photo Stream don’t count against your 5GB.  Apple claims that 5GB of storage should be enough for the average user, but that depends on what and how much you are storing.  People who own multiple iOS devices will get the most out of this service as it will backup all of their data, and those who only have one apple product will appreciate this service someday when they purchase new hardware.

Reflection:

People are always saying that Apple is always the innovator of new things.  But if you look at this new service, ‘iCloud’ it sounds a lot like the service Google offers with their Android platform.  Android phones automatically update their settings, photos (if you choose), etc.  Also, with the new iOS software, their notification bar is almost an exact copy of Android’s existing notification bar.

Anyways, if you are going to relate this to databases, the iCloud service is built directly on databases.  Storing settings, information, music, photos.  All related to a specific user and their many devices.  I think its a great service, and someday we are going to see computers and mobile devices relying more heavily on remote servers and databases.

Newman, J. (2011, August 02). Apple icloud: what it is, and what it costs [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/237086/apple_icloud_what_it_is_and_what_it_costs.html

4 thoughts on “Apple’s iCloud”

  1. This service had been implemented by Dropbox.com few years ago. You can get up to 8GB free by using email account, so you do not have to by expensive Apple’s products to have 5GB ICloud. Moreover, when you use ICloud, you are reporting to Apple whenever and wherever you go. You do not have your privacy anymore.

    1. There are many clear differences between iCloud and Dropbox. Many of them include, the settings of your particular iOS device, your music, documents can be picked up where left off, and a lot more that are discussed in this blog. Please read, many distinct differences.

  2. The idea of cloud computing is basically old. It consists of existing technologies grouped together to service customers over the internet. Although, Apple will probably do to cloud computing what it did to the smart phone and tablets, namely improve on the usability of the the technology.

  3. Of course cloud computing is old. Dropbox has been doing it for years. You could even say email services like google allowing 1 GB of storage back in 2004 was cloud computing. The point is as competition arises, cloud computing will begin to get perfected, and with this slow perfection, new ideas and new software will arise and everything will once again change and advance for the better. That’s how technology, and business in general, works.

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