Apple's Services Teams to Start Working Together to Improve Siri, Maps, iCloud, and iTunes

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple plans to unify its cloud services teams, including Siri, Apple Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News, and parts of iTunes and Apple Music, at its existing Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino, California, according to Bloomberg.


    Moving the teams into a single campus should streamline growth of Apple services, as the current structure of having teams spread out throughout various office buildings in Cupertino and Sunnyvale contributed to software bugs and slowed product development, the report claims.

    The cloud services teams could be on the move again in the near future as Apple completes work on its new Campus 2 headquarters, where well over 13,000 employees are expected to work. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will begin moving employees to the new campus in 2017.

    The report adds that Apple is also planning to shift its services to a single, Apple-made backend system, codenamed Pie. The infrastructure change will reportedly give Apple "more control" and "may speed up load times."
    In March, it was reported that Apple is working on an in-house cloud storage system called "McQueen" to reduce its dependence on services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, with today's report specifying it will be an internal photo storage system.

    Apple experienced its first-ever iPhone sales decline earlier this year, but its services category continues to grow. In its most recent quarter, Apple reported nearly $6 billion in revenue tied to services like the App Store, Apple Music, AppleCare, Apple Pay, iCloud, and the iTunes Store, up 19% compared to the year-ago period.

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  2. roksraka macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2012
  3. Schwyz, Oct 6, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016

    Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
  4. xizdun, Oct 6, 2016
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    xizdun macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2011
    typo, should be "and speed of product development, the report claims." @Joe Rossignol

    Edit: Fixed.
  5. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  6. CB1234 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    I cannot wait for Apple Maps to roll out to other countries, including UAE... HURRY UP APPLE !!!
  7. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Apple purchased FoundationDB recently, and I bet that's one ingredient in their new systems. Super fast database tech.
  8. mango316, Oct 6, 2016
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    mango316 macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2014
    Unifying won't help them! Better off with releasing those new MacBook/MacPro refreshs this month! At least that will help Apple a bit! =]
  9. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    I was hoping that with Google recently announced of Pixel includes unlimited cloud storage. That Apple will offer the same thing with iPhone 8, photos and videos will be unlimited for iCloud. Just hoping!
  10. Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
    Good luck, iTunes.
  11. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Me thinks it can only get better...but then who knows...
  12. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    interesting. I would have imagined that they would already be collaborating more heavily.
  13. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    This is one part of the business I would rather see Apple rely on AWS/GCE/Azure. Why? They're behind, and I don't see them them catching up anytime soon. They're going to be reinventing the wheel the next few years, trying to replicate designs that those other companies perfected years ago.

    I'll believe they've caught up when they're publishing papers on data center/server design innovation, and it's on the mark with with the Big 3 are doing.

    Also, Swift has been an open source success, but if Apple is serious about backend architecture, they should also be open sourcing part of their work there as well. This (infrastructure) is where Google is quite a bit ahead.
  14. Hanzu Lao Suspended

    Hanzu Lao

    Aug 24, 2016
    It's mind blowing that they have not been working together from the start.
  15. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    'Pie'. I get it, neat name and so many ways to slice it when you need an analogy discussing the consumption of Apple's many cloud services.
  16. JSH56 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2015
    South Florida
    --- Post Merged, Oct 6, 2016 ---
    eh… you mean they weren’t already doing this? Cross-team collaboration 101 people.
  17. iamPro macrumors regular

    May 15, 2009
    Exactly, and what's more mind blowing is that we have to wait till 2017 for it to happen.
  18. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    I hope they will. The iTunes for me was becoming more and more cluttered and complex. I still think the itunes few years back was the best. Maps are still not there, Siri is limited and icloud needs work. They have a long way ahead of them but they should really start putting some effort. And music app in the iOS 10 is still convoluted mess.
  19. Hanzu Lao Suspended

    Hanzu Lao

    Aug 24, 2016
    Siri on OS X is a real head scratcher for example. Not being able to set a timer? Come one apple.
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
  21. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    That's the actual news here, they didn't work together from the start.
  22. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    Awesome! I rely on these things daily and it'll be sweet if they all interoperate more. They've come a long way over the last few years, I'm excited to see what we get around 2020, probably some awesome stuff :)
  23. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    /homer simpson/ Mmmmm.... Pie... /homer simpson/

    "Things are never so bad that they can't be made worse." :D

    But let's hope this move improves things.
  24. PBRsg, Oct 6, 2016
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    PBRsg macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2014
    I have had an iPhone, an iPad a MacBook Pro for three years. During that time, the cloud sync across all those devices has not worked for ONE DAY. I thought I would leave this here.

    Edit: I should have said that the cloud sync has not COMPLETELY worked for ONE DAY (and by that I mean all services across all devices). About 60% of the services actually work.

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