Have you ever ended up resetting your iPhone and finding that you’ve lost all your pictures and contacts? If not, how many of your friends and family has this happened to?
Apple likes to describe its products and technology as an achievement in perfection, which is to say that they like to focus on the positive and not the negative. Now this is not something limited to Apple, of course. No company wants to admit to flaws in their product, especially ones that will affect sales. However, you as the consumer, still have a right to know what you’re getting yourself into.
While its creators have focused on the advantages you gain from using it (it’s free!), here are a few things you should know about iCloud.
If cloud storage was a country, then iCloud would be a dictatorship while the DropBox would be a democracy. The analogy is a very inept way of saying that you have more freedom while using a DropBox. Both products offer gigabytes of space where you can store folders and easily access them from any location. However, the DropBox gives you far greater leeway in choosing the media that you want to store in the folders, while Apple is quite happy in making the decision for you.
iCloud truly is a marvel in technology. All you need to do is to make a purchase on one device, and the purchase is immediately synced to all other devices should you choose that option. Unfortunately, the place where iCloud lacks is in making you aware of new updates. Not only are the updates not automatically installed, iCloud doesn’t even notify you if there is an update available. You will have to check the App Stores Update Tab and then manually update your device.
iCloud offers 5 GB of space for free. However, the more devices you connect via iCloud, the more space you will require and before you know it, all your space will be used up and you will only have uploaded half of the desired apps. The good news is that you can get more space. Yay! The slight hitch is you will have to pay for the increase in space. Yes, once you complete your 5 GB limit, any additional space will come at a cost and may make your wallet lighter.
It May Not Save Everything
You may have little regard for the backup storage capabilities of iCloud. After all, you only need it if you lose this phone and get a new one. However, if such a situation does arise, then remember that while iCloud will transfer nearly all of your data, including photos, video, ringtones, folders, app data, home screen, messages and music, books, TV shows and apps from your iTunes.
It will not transfer any movies, TV shows and apps that you have synced from iTunes. For this, you will have to log in via your computer and sync the data from iTunes. If you want to backup your iTunes data, you’ll need to do an iTunes specific backup. (Read more about backups HERE.)
There are some further problems that are comparatively minor in nature, such as not being able to delete photos on Photo Stream and problems in syncing with Google and iWork for Mac. So in the end, the benefits outweigh the problems, and most issues can be avoided as long as you know what to expect and exactly how it works.
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