Thoughts On iCloud

Tonight I got into a rather heated debate with several of my buddies on a podcast we recorded (TechFan). The debate centered on iCloud and it's functionality, or more to the point lack of functionality or working functionality. Mark Greentree, Dennis Freitas, Jeffrey Bradbury basically took the point of view that Apple just didn't deliver on the promise of iCloud. My contention was that iCloud is a work in progress and what it does, it does well. What it doesn't do, it will probably do in the next 6 to 12 months.

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TechFan Podcast - Great Time By All

I was one of the guests this week. Man it was fun. A great couple of debates. On one of them I found myself the odd man out defending the great Apple mothership. Alas, I think I lost the debate. But the voting may have been skewed. Be sure to subscribe to the guys listed below. They are each very knowledgable and provide some excellent content on Google Plus.

Dennis Freitas originally shared this post:

Just Recorded a new episode of the TechFan Podcast with +Mark Greentree +Jeffrey Bradbury and +Kelly Spore Spent 1st 30 minutes discussing Google+ Move on to a Great Debate on iOS 5 and iCloud! Gets pretty heated should be a good listen. Will be posting show in a couple days!

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Apple Offers Info on MobileMe's Fate

I just got an e-mail that basically tells us what will happen to MobileMe. It's going away and being replaced with iCloud (I got that one wrong). Below is the text from the e-mail, but the short story is that iCloud is coming this Fall and MobileMe will exist through the end of June, 2012.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MOBILEME MEMBERS

Dear MobileMe member,

We'd like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. Available this fall, iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users.

What does this mean for you as a MobileMe member?

When you sign up for iCloud, you'll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.

Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available.

When iCloud becomes available this fall, we will provide more details and instructions on how to make the move. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about iCloud.

Sincerely,

The MobileMe Team

Time To Watch the Keynote

Okay, I'm done with work. Now time to have some fun. Lots of changes, especially to iOS from what I'm hearing. iCloud, from what I've heard, steals the show but won't be available for several months. From Apple's website, nothing has actually been released yet; just all for developers. If you want to watch the Keynote you can find it over on the Apple Website. Should be on iTunes in the next day or so. It seems to trail by about 24 hours after going up on the Apple website.

WWDC 2011 Starts Tomorrow!

WWDC 2011Tomorrow WWDC begins with a keynote from Steve Jobs and company. Much is going to be discussed and while we don't know the specifics, we do know the topics of discussion. First there will be Mac OS 10.7, codenamed "Lion." This is the version of Mac OS that incorporates that which has been learned through several years of iOS development and feedback. Many features that we see in today's iPad will be seen in tomorrow's Mac OS.

Next up will be iOS 5. While we know a great deal about "Lion," and even had several developer's previews; we have seen nothing of Apple 5th iteration of the iOS. Many rumors abound and many pundits know what they want to see; but we really don't know what will be in it or when it will be released. We do believe that both "Lion" and iOS 5 will work very closely with iCloud.

The final "known" topic of discussion will be "iCloud" which is apparently the name for Apple's rebranded web services. What any of it will be is a total mystery; but many do think that music will be involved, maybe video and most likely user data. MobileMe probaby won't go away, but will end up under the iCloud umbrella. Since iCloud is being released at a developer conference, it seems likely there will be an SDK. That means we may see by the end of 2011 much more than just what Apple will give us.

Will we see a new iPhone? Can't say. Will we see a new Apple TV? Can't say. Will we see any new hardware? Can't say. Here is what I think.

Apple TV won't get a new version, but an update will be on the way and it will support iCloud in some way. It's also about time for apps to come to Apple TV. Not sure how likely it is, maybe it's more wishful thinking.

Rumors are that with iCloud Apple's Airport line of routers will get an upgrade, possibly with an A4 or A5 processor. The thought is that the router will be an "always on device" that will keep supplying data to your iPhone, iPad and iCloud services. I think something like this happening is pretty likely.

The iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 are too hotly discussed items. Some think a brand new iPhone design is coming. Others think that one year is just too short of time line to blow away a hot selling model and replace it will a brand new design. In that line of thinking many feel that what happened with the iPhone 3G will occur with the iPhone 4, a speed bump with a few "gotta have" features - the iPhone 4S. That would mean an iPhone 5 would come next year, probably hot on the heels of iPad 3. I have to hold with the iPhone 4S camp. The Verizon iPhone 4 in January and the white iPhone 4 in April, seems unlikely to throw away the design before 2012.

This is all guesswork on my part, but many pundits are saying much the same thing; probably more eloquently. What I can tell you is that by tomorrow night, the world will know. I just wish I were going to be at the keynote tomorrow. Maybe next year!

If you want a little more information on what might be coming, check out my blog post on iOS 5 Rumors over on the Moxie Mo Show Blog; or check out the Episode 210 of the Moxie Mo Show.