What are Apple’s plans for iCloud?
Could past developments with Final Cut X indicate that they will be moving to MacPro or iMacs to be used as workhorses, with iPads and iPhones as the interface?
Could this be a step towards iCloud hosting these applications?
Could it be an indication that Apple are thinking of moving away from the desktop and this was just the first step in that direction?
For many in IT, Cloud computing is seen as the next big step, with Amazon providing services for various companies, big and small, from various markets, from national and international firms looking to cut costs but increase availability, through to national and international companies providing services to their customers (ie the likes of NetFlix and Twitter).
Then there is Microsoft, providing Office 365. Adobe are moving to cloud only products like creative suite. Finally Apple with it’s iCloud, which hosts iTunes, backup services for iOS devices, calendars, to do lists, mail and the iWorks suite and the back end processing for applications like maps ( I assume).
There are always questions about the security of cloud computing systems, including the recent celebrity nude selfies hacks(?), and some people and companies get scared easily by unfounded media stories and rumours. If you consider the numerous big companies using cloud computing, the numerous customers and then consider the capabilities and amazing possibilities this concept is capable of, I think that the risks are tiny compared to the potential and substantial benefits on offer.
the cloud, be it Apple’s iCloud or any other vendors offering is here to stay and change the face of computing, moving us all into the future with the next phase of computing & the internet.