On Monday, Steve Jobs will be demoing Apple's much anticipated iCloud service. The rumor mill believes it will be a music hosting service, allowing you to stream your entire music collection to your iOS device anytime you're connected to the web. My guess is that in addition to this, it will also have some dandy file sharing features, and hopefully render MobileMe’s iDisk irrelevant. In order for iCloud to be a game changer for me, it would need the following features:
1. Rolled into the Mac's Finder. Currently, iDisk is a WebDAV server, meaning you have to connect via the internet or permanently sync a local copy in order to use it. This process is stinking slow, easily results in data loss, and not accessible to the non-geeks. I had so many issues losing files that I've stopped using the iDisk, and I steer my clients away as well. iCloud, on the other hand, should enhance any folder within your home folder. Imagine right-clicking a older and choosing "Share on iCloud".
2. LAN sync. Dropbox does this. If your other computer is on the local network, the file is synced locally first, and then to the web, therefore reducing the amount of strain on your Internet bandwidth. 3. Baked into iOS. Even using iOS iWork with iDisk is a mess (not to mention, too many i's!) It usually results in multiple versions of your file, corrupt data, etc. I want to be able to open a file from iCloud, edit it, close it, and then pick up again later on my Mac. None of this upload/download garbage.
4. Sharing & Collaboration. I want to be able to invite friends/clients to share certain folders, allowing them to edit documents. I'd use this when asking my Dad to review a paper or when sending support files to a client.
I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister; Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.