iCloud ... is it worth it?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mark28, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I got iOS 5, but I don't want to install Lion again. Am I missing out on iCloud?
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    That depends on whether you care about automatic syncing of your contacts, etc.
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    I would upgrade just so I could benefit from iPhoto syncing.
  4. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    Install lion "again"? Did you uninstall it?

    Either way, you dont need lion for iCloud services on your phone. Remember the whole "post pc era" schtick?

    And is it worth it? Whatever could you mean? It's free as long as you have ios... So yes i think it's "worth" it much in the way that i think walking 10 feet to eat a free filet mignon is "worth" it.
  5. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    I wonder if I could sell my 5 gigs of Cloud space I'll never use on eBay? :D
  6. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    You don't need lion for all the features of iCloud. You would still have backups in the cloud it just won't sync with your Mac apps
  7. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
  8. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    You are missing on Lion more than iCloud. iCloud is just a nice topping on Lion.

    Install Lion (again?) and enjoy the goodness of both.
  9. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    It only syncs contacts and calendar?
  10. shikari89 macrumors member


    Dec 11, 2010
    What is is about lion you dont like?
  11. TheNinjaJedi macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2011
    It also does bookmarks.:apple:
  12. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    There was a performance problem, especially with multitasking. Also my WIFI wasn't 100%. Snow leopard fixed it all.

    Maybe if I install 8gb of Ram and try 10.7.2, my Lion experience might be better ( i only used up to 10.7.1 ).
  13. schrodl macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    If you read the forum iclouds has a lot of issues. Multiple contacts duplication and lack of ability to delete photos after they are transfered to iclouds. It also creates albums that cannot be deleted. I have shut off almost all the icloud features until the fix it.
  14. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  15. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    But you do need lion to complete the migration from .mac/MobileMe to icloud. I'm still debating, I didn't see a compelling reason to upgrade to Lion from SL. This seems to force the issue.
  16. mwhities macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2011
    Beat me.

    It's free, sure it's worth it.
  17. redscull macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    I use iCloud to keep contacts and calendar info between my iPhone and iPad sync'd up easily. I have found nothing useful about iCloud syncing to my Mac because my Mac is a laptop that's rarely awake. So it can't stay in sync anyway.

    Photostream is useless since you can't access it without syncing a Lion computer to it (I'd like to see it via just logging into icloud.com from any computer; that would be a useful feature).

    Backing up to iCloud isn't compelling since I already have a home computer I backup to. And I like knowing where and when my backups are.

    I still haven't found a compelling reason to upgrade a Snow Leopard computer to Lion. My MacBook is Snow Leopard. My Mac mini is Lion (came that way since it's 2011). I like Lion, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't pay more than $2 for it.
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Why are so many people assuming worth = monetary value? I'm pretty sure the OP was asking if iCloud is worth the trouble of installing Lion.
  19. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Of course it's worth it. I can pretty much restore my iPhone(new or the one I already have) to the exact way I had it without the need to connect to iTunes. Best part is that your not forced to update when you restore via iCloud.

    Should you absolutely depend on it? Hell No!! Always keep an iTunes back up.
  20. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I paid for iTools, then Dot Mac, then MobileMe. iCloud looks less attractive to me, so I doubt I'll pay for extra storage space. The included 5 gig on the free level account is more than enough to sync my contacts, calendars and whatnot. My photo and music libraries constitute well over 500gig, so iCloud can't do anything for me on that front.
  21. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Technically its not FREE if you don't have Lion. You could use it on your phone but not with your Mac. But is it worth it? Honestly depends if you feel like you need/want it. I guess the fact that you could go to iCloud.com and use the resources from your device online at anytime makes it worth it.
  22. C N Reilly macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008

    It seems kind of useful thus far with the extra 20GB I'm allotted from being a former MobileMe sufferer, but those GBs go away at the end of next June.

    With only 5GB, it sure doesn't seem like enough room to store much of anything besides some app data and maybe messages from a low-volume email account. And at this point, I can't see any reason to pay Apple a dime for extra space, not when I'm getting almost 10GB for free from Dropbox and 50GB free from Box.net.

    You'd think Apple would smarten up and make some huge amount of space available for free (like 100GB or more; it's obvious 95% of the user base would never touch 1% of that) and then come up with some sort of extra service they could charge for and get some income.

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