iCloud , So Far, Is Not Apple’s Finest Hour Either

by Christopher Paul on June 13, 2011

Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying MobileMe was not Apple’s finest hour. But I have nothing but good things to say about the service. However, I don’t think I used when they transitioned from .Mac to MobileMe – so I can’t say how good or bad the service was from the start.

But I will say this: The lack of communication from Apple on what iCloud’s future means for MobileMe web based services has me thinking iCloud, in part, will not be Apple’s finest hour either. If Apple was so confident in what they were producing, they would have announced it like they announced the major iOS features.

Sure, they might have tackled the “magic” part where everything is just seamless for apps. But I do question what will happen with the web based services that I’ve come to love about MobileMe. John Gruber seems to think that Apple will have something in the next 12 months. But I don’t want something in the next 12 months. I want something when iCloud launches. I want to know my web based email, contacts, calendar and gallery will still be available in cloud form from day one.

Apple is not going to announce something that’s half-baked. They’d rather under-promise and over deliver – something I respect most of the time. But if there isn’t a fully fleshed out version of a web iCloud interface, then the launch will, in my mind, not be Apple’s finest hour either. It will be a disappointment and leave many of Apple’s faithfuls wanting more. Even if iCloud is fantastic in June of 2012, I will remember it as a failed launch that took 12 months to iron out – a premature launch – just like MobileMe was according to Steve.

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