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iCloud use and/or plans for use

1/1: Are you going to be making serious use of iCloud?

I'm using it now and sharing everything 1,306 (28.13%)
I just use it for mail 172 (3.71%)
I just use it for music sharing 91 (1.96%)
I just use it for document sharing 90 (1.94%)
I just use it for Contacts and iCal 896 (19.30%)
Not now, but I plan to use it in the next year 278 (5.99%)
No; I have MobileMe and am still waiting 677 (14.58%)
No; and I didn't have MobileMe either 1,132 (24.39%)
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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: dudemac on Nov 28, '11 10:28:31AM

I have not upgraded to icloud, as there is no documented support for third party email clients or other operating systems except for Lion or Win7. Neither of which I am currently running. 10.7 hasn't been installed because I still have 2 Macs that don't support the install. And because I am still using a couple of PPC dependent apps. Not really understanding the why they would not want to support Snow Leopard at least. If I can't have my calendar at home and work all be connected then I might as well just switch to google services. They pretty much can do everything that icloud does without the burden of having to figure out all the settings manually.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: marksch on Nov 28, '11 10:42:33AM

Hi,

i believe it would be more interesting to know WHY people do or don't use iCloud than WHETHER they do, don't or will. I would like to know whether there are more people who tried to use iCloud but simply can't do so because everything that isn't Lion, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X 10.6.8 and older, is excluded.

Even though I updated my iPhone to iOS 5, I get an error message if I try to use anything iCloud-related. This is a marketing trick, to force people to buy new hardware. I don't like it when Apple plays tricks on me. No thanks, Apple, no iCloud for me.

Kind regards,

Mark

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: Dephex Twin on Nov 29, '11 05:01:29PM

I have an old iPhone 3GS that I upgraded to iOS 5, and I don't get any errors with iCloud-related activities. Are you suggesting that Apple is intentionally selecting some older iPhones to have iCloud errors?

Edited on Nov 29, '11 05:03:28PM by Dephex Twin



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Authored by: marksch on Nov 30, '11 02:26:46PM

Nope, I am not suggesting, I am saying that Apple doesn't let me use iCloud on my iPhone 3GS. The error message clearly says that the iPhone 3GS is too old and I can't see any technical reasons for this.

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: Dephex Twin on Nov 30, '11 02:51:55PM

Even from a purely cynical viewpoint, what is the advantage to Apple to deliberately have some iPhone 3GSes work and others not work?

If they wanted to make iPhone 3GS obsolete, they could have just made iPhone 4 a requirement for the new OS and gotten a lot more upgrades.

On the other hand, intentionally making some iPhone 3GSes not work (a) gives the false appearance that Apple has bugs/technical issues with iCloud (a characterization that they really wanted to overcome after MobileMe), (b) only forces some 3GS users to upgrade, and (c) might even put them into legal hot water.

There is no reason why Apple would do this.

Edited on Nov 30, '11 02:53:23PM by Dephex Twin


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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: marksch on Dec 17, '11 04:32:32AM

I wasn't cynical, I just stated a fact. I only speculated about possible reasons.

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: alansky on Nov 30, '11 02:22:55PM

The first thing is: MobileMe users who would like to keep using MobileMe until next June are advised not to sign up for iCloud until they're ready to stop using MobileMe. Most of the MobileMe problems I've seen reported in the Apple Support Community forums started after signing up for iCloud.

The second thing is: iCloud is not a replacement for MobileMe. Some MobileMe features do translate, but the best features of MobileMe are missing from iCloud. No photo galleries, no iDisk for easy filesharing, no iWeb publishing. The only good reason I can think of to sign up for iCloud at all is that MobileMe users who do not sign up for iCloud will lose their mac.com or me.com email addresses.



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Authored by: marksch on Nov 30, '11 02:28:32PM

I don't have a Mobile.me acount.

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: marksch on Dec 17, '11 04:36:18AM

I'm now able to use some cloud features on my iPhone 3GS. Maybe this is because I updated to iOS 5.0.1, maybe Apple changed something on the servers, I don't know.

I can use iCloud E-Mail and the Find my Friends app on my iPhone 3GS.

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: pete on Nov 28, '11 02:31:18PM

I chose iCal & Contacts, as that is the most useful to me. I use just about everything, except for anything that requires Mail. My Apple ID is a gmail account. I can't get it changed over to my .me account at all. As a result, Apple wants me to get another free .me e-mail account which I do not want.

So no mail from my .me account, or no Notes. I never used Notes before, so that isn't much of a loss.

As an aside. I never used iCal before. Agendus on Palm way back when & Pocket Informant on iPhone, pre-Cloud days. Actually, I use Calvetica now... but that's another poll. Right?



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: jaydisc on Nov 28, '11 03:49:09PM

I use Find my Device†(or have it configured for when i need to), but I don't trust Apple for Contact & Calendar sync. They have a bad history. And I've always hosted my own mail.

I'm waiting for Mac iWork support to start using the Documents feature, which i find to be the most exciting.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: BlackjackJoe on Nov 28, '11 05:28:12PM

I'm using iCloud for Mail, Address Book, iCal, iPhone backups, and Photo Stream. I am not using other types of document sharing, mostly because I do not use iWorks apps.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: n781lc on Nov 29, '11 07:04:32AM

Like most polls this only assumes having it installed and actually using it for something.

So far, it and Lion h leave a lot to desired for those of us who use our computers for other than social networking and games.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: poenn on Nov 30, '11 04:01:38AM

I would love to use it, but the fact that you canít rename your iCloud accounts (i.e. in Address Book or iCal or Sys Prefs) makes it useless to me.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: sf addict on Dec 01, '11 06:38:58PM

I signed up for iTools the day it was announced, had no qualms about the transition to paying for the dotMac services, shrugged at the (lame marketing driven) service re-invention to dotMe, but I have not "upgraded" to iCloud yet, although if some of the features that dotMac/dotMe offered are added I may find myself transitioning to it sooner rather than later.

I have several reasons for not jumping right into it. Among them: I'm still an old school FreeHand user and since that software is no longer supported under 10.7 and I have little interest in purchasing and transitioning- much less migrating most of the graphics I've created over the last 23 years- to the only (semi-)viable equivalent, Illustrator. That means I'll be keeping a 10.6 system running for as long as I can just to keep using FH.

Other issues I have revolve around sites & the photo pages pages I've created with iWeb- there seems to be no Apple-provided path forward for maintaining and adding to my sites under iCloud in its current incarnation. [...silver cloud/dark lining, anyone?] I also have about a dozen photo Gallery pages created with iPhoto for sharing family and informal company pictures and I haven't seen any information about how to transition these or if that is even or ever will be possible under the iCloud. Yeah, I could repost those Galleries to flickr I suppose, but that means paying for maintaining a pro flickr account.

I really liked the options, ease-of-use and seamless integration the Apple tools provided in this arena while not being forced to use other, perhaps less reliable, services for those functions, especially where the matters of privacy and protecting my intellectual property are concerned.

I also have some misgivings about having the master sync source for my calendar items, contacts and all my music & video in the cloud. These might just be my fear of change but I'm a little leery of having all that on someone (anyone!) else's storage media. Experiments I was involved with using Google Apps at my office yielded less than stellar experiences to put it mildly, which didn't prove at all reassuring where cloud services are concerned.

So I'll be holding off the transition for a while yet until some of these issues are resolved.

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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: zo219 on Dec 02, '11 06:31:35PM

Come now, surely I'm not the only person who doesn't want to give up her Cydia tweaks.

Like the addition of gestures to the iPad 2, and the ability to really quit apps. Xfinity wouldn't work without it. And Activator, for any number of shortcuts. And so on. Same goes for iPhone ...



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: onkelringelhuth on Feb 01, '12 08:06:07AM

Can't participate in the poll: I use iCloud for several things, but not everything it's capable of.



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Question about content ownership and no Gallery replacement
Authored by: gabester on Feb 01, '12 10:21:56AM

One of the things I've liked about MobileMe and its predecessor iTools is that the license terms were very favorable to me retaining ownership of my content. I haven't reviewed iClouds terms and compared it to a modern Flickr, Google, or other host's terms, but I have a feeling that they all now contain a clause effectively stating that the company may use any content you post in any way they see fit (obviously marketing either internally or reselling that data.)

This is my primary reason to be reluctant to use iCloud.

Another reason has already been cited - there's no hint of what will happen to existing MobileMe Galleries and no clear replacement in the works. Photostream is a neat feature but it is a complement to not a supplement of Galleries.

Given that email and Galleries are the two major uses I enjoy with MM, as well as the family pack and the ability to post any file in my iDisk or use iWeb or other tools to publish a website, I'm just not seeing the benefits of iCloud.

It seems like MobileMe was much more designed for the Web 1.0 era of sharing content whereas iCloud seems more focused on the Web 2.0 era where we're all expected to turn inwards and tweet, push, and disseminate everything about me myself and I without actually being able to share any meaningful content with anyone else. iCloud seems like it's great for linking my stuff on all my devices right now... but not so useful for those things I really enjoy with MobileMe.



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iCloud use and/or plans for use
Authored by: eddy_k on Feb 23, '12 12:32:15AM

I have MobileMe and am still waiting. I use Snow Leopard on all my machines except one which from time to time, using an external boot disk uses Lion. My iPhone is of the 3G type (iOS 4.1 to preserve tethering here in Belgium, no iCloud!) and my iPad 2 (iOS 5) is the only one which could use iCloud.
Find it is a shame I should use my Parallels Windows 7 or Vista installations to use iCloud.



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