Why did Jobs offer to buy Dropbox when...

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  1. atMac, Apr 29, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012

    atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    ..@Mac and MobileMe had iDisk that did the same thing, only to then drop it for the messed up and confusing iCloud setup?

    The removal of iDisk from iCloud is what has made me start using DropBox, when it was originally the main feature of what made me want to buy @Mac. I don't understand why, if Jobs wanted DropBoxes functionality did they kill off their own version of it.
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    IMO, the stuff Jobs was working on was stuff that would show up for us customers years down the road.

    So just because Apple hasn't replaced iDisk yet, it wouldn't think it's wise to say that they never will.

    Kind of like how MobileMe's photo sharing galleries appear to be coming to iCloud via the new iOS iPhoto app (and rumoured in the next iPhoto Mac app)...
  3. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    iDisk and Dropbox are not one in the same. iDisk is an online locker for files. You need an internet connection in order to access your files. Dropbox is a syncing service that syncs a folder on your computer with their servers. You can be without an internet connection and still have access to your data.

    Dropbox and iCloud's Documents in the Cloud function similarly, with the only caveat being that with iCloud the apps control your access to your data instead of giving you access to it via the file system.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    FWIW, there's an iDisk preference that allows it to work off-line, which makes it function very much like DropBox.
  5. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010

    Sorry for the bad info.
  6. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Quite wise indeed. From the bits I've read about Mountain Lion, more of these pieces are in place.

    Will it offer the flexibility that iDisk did or storing any type of file? I haven't seen anything about that yet. All one can do is wait and see what else is in Mountain Lion and maybe the first update or so to it.
  8. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    I used to have an offline iDisk folder
  9. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    The new iOS iPhoto/Journals combo is a BIG step backward from MobileMe Galleries for families that simply want to share photos. Journals is too much work and nearly impossible to do from an iPhone's small screen. On an iPad it is much easier but the phone has the camera that people will be using MOST of the time. Galleries was as good as anything out there, almost as good as SmugMug... Galleries just needed to be updated, not abandoned...

    If and when this new version of iPhoto/Journals finally moves to the Mac I still don't see what Apple's end game is for sharing photos unless something BIG changes about the new "Journals" - IMHO

    Concerning iDisk - With Google drive, Sky drive and the like. Apple is going to loose the few MobileMe iDisk customers it had before they get a chance to replace it... Funny how others are trying to gain customers with online storage while it appears Apple is trying their best to loose customers with iCloud... :apple: Apple just can't seem to get this stuff right???
  10. ggmissmolly macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2011
    Lexington, KY
    I frequently disagree with stuff I see on the forum. Probably y'all do also. But I agree with the issues on iCloud. I used iDisk and the web hosting on MobileMe.
    So what did they drop..both. Steve Jobs made the comment, "It just works". I wish.

    I've moved my files to DropBox because I never could quite figure out iClouds storage. I'm not a total dumbass. Usually if I can't figure it out 90% of the world can't. Even when I get iCloud features to work I'm not quite sure how I did it and can't repeat it when necessary. I even resorted to reading a book. I give up. I hate it.

    I love the reliability of my Apple hardware and the features of OS X, but I'm getting the impression that Apple is headed down the usual corporate path of drowning in its self congratulations. Maybe it's losing focus on customers and innovation whileit focuses on screwing the US out of taxes and Austin for tax incentives.

    I have an iPhone 4s, a 27 inch iMac, 15 inch MacBook Pro, an IPad2, and a Time Capsule and Apple Care on everything. I was looking forward to a new MacBook Pro when they arrive and a new iPhone5 later this year, but I'm starting to have second thoughts. Has Apple made it to the top and now become so internal centric that it's fading away like many before it ?

    Did iCloud get me to thinking this way...partly, but something just seems to be starting to smell.

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