So how is iCloud?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Macsterguy, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a

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    I have been running Lion for months and for the most part it is great...

    I am a very heavy MM user and was wondering what those testing iCloud think of it?

    (Apart from the missing features like iDisk, Galleries etc which I use daily)...
     
  2. DrDomVonDoom macrumors 6502

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    I think for the most part the users are under NDA and that they may not respond due to the fear of being sued for infringement. I could be wrong.
     
  3. Macsterguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I said Lion is Great(ish) - shouldn't get sued over that...

    So how is iCloud????????? cmon guys

    - Great
    - Good
    - OK
    - Bad
     
  4. ShamrockSolace macrumors member

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    I don't Know. All my products in the cloud already exist. So I am not interested in converting to something else.
     
  5. arteggio macrumors member

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    NDA? (*looks around*) The rest of this forum didn't get that memo. ;)


    I'm going to vote that iCloud is 'good-okay', for now.

    At the moment I have it set up only to sync my bookmarks, because I use them daily as a temporary archive-retrieve system for reading articles, saving photos for later, etc. So far, Reading List is working beautifully: nearly instant Mac–iPhone sync.

    As for everything else...

    Apple first needs to make a concrete method for the process necessary to get calendar/contact data synced into iCloud, and then synced to the devices. After getting tons of duplicates upon my first try, I didn't attempt to figure out the order needed to get this working. (Though, I imagine it's something like: 1) have calendars in iCal, 2) sync iCloud account to those calendars, 3) delete iCal's database, 4) let everything (iCal, iOS iCal) sync from iCloud. Repeat for Address Book.)

    I've also been using it for iPhone backup, instead of iTunes, and it uploads fairly quickly. I'm not sure it's ready to be considered 100% stable yet, but it's working, and just recently I restored from it. It took a long time, and not all of my apps' data had returned, but it was impressive. This will be immensely convenient once most iDevices are iOS 5, and then subsequent iOS versions are released and people buy new iDevices. It's like an iOS Time Machine.

    I haven't been able to get any sort of iDisk functionality working though. I have iCloud set up, and I can see how much of the 5GB is used (from the iPhone backup) in Lion's new 'Mail etc' pref pane, but it isn't user accessible at the moment. However, I do have a random '[numbers].members.btmm.icloud.com' server in my Finder network, but can't do anything with it.

    Photo Stream seems to be functioning too, though I've only tested it via an iPhone restore (I haven't updated iPhoto).

    Once it gets polished, it will be amazing. It's what MobileMe should've been for the last three years (although I will miss the iWeb part).
     
  6. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    I get duplicates of contacts and calendars sometimes. 10x better then MobileMe. PhotoStream takes care of Galleries. Lately, it has been putting apps on my iPhone I already deleted from my iPhone. It might be because of iOS 5 Beta 3 though.
     
  7. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    Not really used the mail as everything goes to my me.com address. For me contact and calendar syncing works as well as MobileMe. Photo stream half works. I like the constant backup to iCloud, but to be honest the only time I've ever had to restore has been after a beta upgrade.

    The bits it doesn't have (iDisk, Galleries and iWeb hosting) are, for me, the best bits of MobileMe. Still hoping Apple or some developer produce an iDisk type interface for iCloud document storage but for now I've been forced to pay DropBox for this to get all my stuff transferred away from iDisk :(
     
  8. johnhw macrumors 6502

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    It's great. I'm only missing iDisk but Dropbox takes care of that. I even got the off site backup thing. :)
     
  9. Otaviano macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running iOS5 beta and I got a ton of duplicates as a result of messing with iCloud. I think it might have been due to not having Lion and conflicts emerging from my non-iCloud copies on my Mac and my iCloud copies on my phone. I've disabled it for now and will revisit it later on.
     
  10. Macsterguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the updates guys - so iCloud is about what I expected minus the lacking MobileMe features... Does iCloud at least sync keychains, dock and widgets?

    I have 3 macs that I use and I like to keep these things synced...
     
  11. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    No, I don't think it does. But as I was only able to have Lion beta/GM on one machine I can't tell for sure.

    However, I'm sure the door is open for someone to implement a syncing solution for this via iCloud.
     
  12. Macsterguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I agree thunder. Surly some enterprising young person will...

    I too only have Lion on one Mac. Didn't want problems :)
     
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    For those running Lion and MobileMe. Is there any problem using MobileMe on Lion? iCloud will not be out until Fall and I wanted to upgrade to Lion when it is released and I want to continue to use MobileMe as I do now. For some reason I was thinking that Lion did not support MobileMe but that does not make any since with iCloud still months away. Also, was not sure if iCloud would be supported in MAC OS 10.6 but that is not as much of a concern for me.
     
  14. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Sorry, I did find a confirmation in another Thread that MobileMe is working fine on Lion.
     

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