Yes, Numbers, Pages, Keynote are now freebies with every Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but the glue that holds them together doesn’t work as well as some of Google’s web apps. iCloud, I’m looking at you.
Fix It And Go Home
There are two things that we need in iCloud. The first is obvious. Seamless, well integrated online storage and synchronization that just works. That’s not iCloud now.
Here’s a good example. I use iCloud to sync up Calendar, Contacts, Keychain, Email accounts, bookmarks and more between Macs, iPhone, and iPad.
Invariably, something goes wonky at least once a week leaving me with duplicates to delete or something not working today when it did yesterday.
Apple has a serious problem with file synchronization. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The latest had to do with restoring my old iPad’s apps and files on a new iPad. The restore brought back duplicate photos (again; not the first time) from my Mac.
Passwords needed to be entered again for Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, et al. Why all the manual work? What’s Keychain sync supposed to do?
I’m not the only red, white, and blue bona fide Apple fan girl or boy with an ax to grind against iCloud. Granted, it may not be easy to synchronize everything between many hundreds of millions of devices, but Google does it. And they make apps and phones, too.
So, the first thing Apple needs is an iCloud improvement and some competitive pricing on storage space. Yahoo gives me a full terabyte of online storage for my Flickr photos.
The second thing Apple needs to do, and immediately after fixing iCloud so it just works, is to create an iCloud product for the home. Forget about Airport Time Capsule.
We need iCloud Home (just as soon as iCloud works).
Think about it. Whatever you save or synchronize with iCloud in the cloud, would also be synchronized and backed up on the iCloud Home device. The sync could work from iCloud to iCloud Home, or, when you’re at home, the other way.
In fact, there’s no real reason why Apple couldn’t simply change the name of Airport Time Capsule to iCloud Home, do the same Time Machine backups, and add the iCloud sync, too.
Assuming Apple could ever make iCloud work the way we want and expect.