Apple’s iCloud{4}


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