Do you remember when your Mac was the center of your digital life, the digital hub envisioned and brought to life by none other than Steve Jobs himself? Back in the day the Mac was the hub, the center from which all our other digital devices connected.
Guess what? Those days are gone. As much as I hate to say it, the Mac isn’t the center of Apple’s universe any more. Just like email, contacts, documents, iPhone and iPad, the Mac is just another device connected to Apple’s iCloud hub.
Where’d All My Stuff Go?
Do you remember when all your stuff was stored on your Mac? And all your devices plugged into the Mac with cables? From digital cameras to photos, from documents to movies, the Mac was our personal cloud.
Today, the Mac is merely one of Apple’s profitable businesses, now eclipsed by both iPhone and iPad.
Step-by-step, Apple is helping us to remove our dependency upon the Mac to store our valuable files.
Where is the future center of the hub where devices connect? It’s already here in iCloud, Dropbox, and other online storage services.
For Mac, iPhone, and iPad users, Apple’s iCloud has become the vacation home of our data storage requirements. Contacts, messages, documents, photos, and more are pushed from each of our Apple devices to iCloud (and back again).
For now, iCloud is a seamless gateway which acts as a backup to some files, but not all. I have concerns that iCloud will ever remove files and documents from our iDevices.
After all, my Mac is loaded up with a few hundred gigabytes of movies, photos, TV shows, music, and video clips. Does Apple expect me to store all that on iCloud? Or, is it still OK to say that my Mac is the First Officer of the digital hub?
The future might be a complete and seamless pathway between Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iCloud, but Apple seems content with storing our more critical but less bulky data online.
I have no complaint that all my devices have access to certain documents, some email, contacts, even recent photos. Other apps store critical information in the general safety of Dropbox or other online storage services.
As it stands now I’m not likely to be alone in my analysis of this online storage trend. My Mac remains the base of all our critical files. Some will get shared with iPhone and iPad. Some will be backed up online.
The vast majority of our bulk of files collected through the years will stay on the Mac until Apple figures out a better way. That won’t happen for a few years.