Hi - a few basic questions about iCloud.

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by jbrown, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    I find the iCloud thing a bit confusing....so bear with me please. :eek: I'm figuring I'll only find out by trying...so a few questions before I jump in....

    1) If I don't get on with the iCloud thing, will turning off all syncing mean I will just carry on as I am now?

    2) Will it be a huge drain on my data allowance ( I'm on 500mb p/m ). So say I take 10 photos at say 3mb each - will it use 30mb of my daily allowance.

    3) Are all item in the cloud subject to a 30 day expiry deadline, and if I don't download them from cloud to my devices - they'll disappear? Photos / songs / emails?

    cheers all:)
     
  2. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    Hi there,

    1. Correct. If you do not turn on iCloud and/or wireless iTunes syncing, everything remains the same as it has been for the past 10 years (connect your device to your computer to manage the content on it).

    2. No. Photos only sync over Wi-Fi to the cloud. Apple has made sure that you will not blow past your allotted data limit by using these features. Some say that the Wi-Fi-only syncing methods for Photos and iTunes (sans Match) are restrictive, but I suppose that depends on your use case. For most people, waiting until they are near a Wi-Fi signal is fine (you have 30 days, after all).

    3. As far as I know, the 30 day limit only exists for Photo Stream.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Thanks Patriot -

    ANything else I should be aware of? Any negatives ( other than not being able to delete photos ).:)
     
  4. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    Very welcome.

    As far as deleting photos from the Stream, I was definitely in the boat with others at first demanding that Apple allow us to delete individuals. After some time, I understand now that we should be thinking of it as a way to transport our photos from device-to-device, rather than a permanent storage area (thus the 1,000 limit). With that said, someone could certainly get themselves in trouble a number of ways if they are not careful.

    Other than that, I don't think I have any other words of caution. iCloud works pretty well, despite what some are saying. Time will solve a lot of the little nuances and jitters.
     
  5. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately, I am not me.com user and don't have much experience in that area. I'm sure someone will reach-out in that thread soon to help.
     

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