Confusion about iCloud Drive

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Good User Name, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Good User Name macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    I'm not even sure I know enough to ask the question properly so bear with me. I've been thinking about upgrading to iCloud Drive on my devices but I feel like the warning that it gives me before I attempt to do so bears on my situation.

    I'm using a MacBook Pro on Yosemite, an iPhone 6 Plus on the latest iOS 8 release, and an iPad 3 that I'm never updating past iOS 7. I've got stuff on all of them and I'm signed into iCloud on all of them.

    Is there something I should be worried about before I pull the trigger?
  2. Bobby dazzler, Nov 22, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

    Bobby dazzler macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2013
    Quite frankly, yes.

    Lots to be worried about...

    Do you remember the days before you got your Mac and iPad: the days when you had equipment that ran extremely frustrating Windows software?

    Well, Tim Cook's Yosemite and iCloud Drive hark back to those good ol' days of stuff not working properly, slow computing experience, hanging around waiting, freezing, jamming and crashing.

    If I were you I'd wait a while and see if they sort it out, because if they do get it right it'll be great again.
    Right now it really isn't okay and nowhere near good, let alone great...
  3. Good User Name thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    Thanks. Wow, I didn't think it'd be that bad. I guess I'll hold off a bit longer.
  4. SanjeevRana macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2011
    I don't see what "confusion" u were referring to ... only problem will be with devices that are not yet on iOS8 or OSX 10.10

    It has worked fine for me till date ... all sync and stuff

    Its not supposed to be a replacement for standard cloud services like Dropbox, etc. People are mistaken when they keep comparing it ... its supposed to be more of a sync cloud between Apple devices, SIMPLE.
  5. Good User Name thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    Thanks for replying. Since I'm going to be using a device that will never be updated to iOS 8 you're saying there'll definitely be a problem? I'm just trying to make sure I don't lose any data.
  6. exi macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    You won't lose the data. It's just that it won't be readily accessible from a pre-iOS 8 device.

    While I don't think it's as bad a service as the first reply makes it sound, I do think that maybe Dropbox is more what you're after. I like both services but still use Dropbox because of its more efficient way of handling various file types.
  7. Bobby dazzler, Nov 23, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Bobby dazzler macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2013
    This is a good point. You'll have to update in order to get iCloud Drive.

    I've been using iCloud since it's release and found it completely reliable.

    Now with iCloud Drive I get the following:
    1/ my documents aren't always there - can you imagine?
    2/ my latest documents are tantalisingly there but not downloaded - access denied*.
    3/ sometimes it works - so it's just not reliable yet.

    * iCloud was almost instant. iCloud Drive might take the rest of the day to download a pages doc...and it's not my internet connection at 100meg.

    Generally my experience is as follows:
    iMac 2009 painfully slow at everything. Fine with Mavericks. Hates Yosemite.
    iMac 2013 crashes EVERY night and restarts itself
    Safari painfully slow most of the time, but not all the time
    Terrible airplay issues to my AppleTV
    iTunes sometimes refuses to back-up my iOS devices!
    Often requires me to type in my FaceTime password, then iCloud password, then iMessage password - then I restart the mac myself to shut it up.

    To be fair, WiFi issues have been resolved.
  8. veronica.m macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2014
    Strongly agree with this... Lately Apple not so Apple anymore. It's sad, but I'm still hopeful that all be better eventually.
  9. Good User Name thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    This is what I really care about so thanks for the positives.
  10. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    How about contacts and calendar syncing? I assume this is independent of the use of iCloud Drive?

    In other words: on iOS7 and older, you cannot use iCloud Drive but you can sync contacts and calender with iOS8 devices (and Yosemite). Correct?
  11. Good User Name thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    I have no idea. I've got pre-iOS 8 devices with pictures and such on them that I'd like to keep in the update loop. But I think that's impossible.

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