What exactly is iCloud?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Ezra923, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. Ezra923 macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    From what I understand. I save to the cloud just incase i lose my phone or get a new one, I can get everything back. Is that what it is? If so why is it that they offer more GB then what a phone can actually hold? Is this for people with more devices? I only have an iphone
    For things like saving pics and still be able to view them to free some GBs i use Dropbox because I cant do that with icloud. Correct?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    iCloud does a bunch of different things...

    Yes, you can save your backups in the cloud and transfer back to them when you get a new phone or just need to go back in time when something was working correctly and isn't now.

    You can delete pictures and bring them back up with Photostream. And I'm pretty sure there are going to be a lot nicer photo gallery apps coming to iOS 8 that will make this experience even better. You could probably ditch Dropbox when this happens in the next few months.

    They have all the different plan sizes because everyone does a bunch of different things. The ones that use the most space on mine is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Notability, Together, Pixelmator, and my password manager. But I have a ton of other stuff, and will most likely keep my uncompressed finished projects in there, which will easily be at least 2GB a piece. I'm going to manually setup a save system for my non-iCloud enabled stuff too.

    I'm personally going to take it one month at a time. I don't want to just pay $20 a month from the start.
  3. LandoVol macrumors member


    Sep 9, 2014
    A crappy cloud service that you have no personal control over. dropbox, box and one drive are all far better options. I have one drive and 20gb if free space just to upload my photos. I can put movies and cydia tweaks I'm working on in there and link people to certain files I want to share. None of this is possible with iCloud. You'll never need 20gb to back up your phone. If you go over 5gb just use your computer.
  4. Ezra923 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    ah! Awesome thanks. Sounds a bit more useful now.
  5. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't think this OP is doing any Cydia tweaks, haha.

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