We are a Mac family and have more i-devices than I can count: iMac, iPad, iPod, iPhone — it makes I tired — err, me tired. And then there is the list of never ending updates to monitor — Lion, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, OS, OS X, OS Ex El Capitan. But what continues to both confuse and comfort me is iCloud. According to the apple.com website:
iCloud connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways. iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive keep all your photos, videos, and documents stored securely and updated everywhere. Family Sharing lets you easily share music, movies, photos, and more with everyone in your family. Find My iPhone even helps you find your device if you lose it. With iCloud, you always have what’s most important to you on whatever device you have in hand. And it’s all done automatically. Just like that.
I understand that iCloud is available to back up all “i-products” and this is a good thing, right? Because if my device isn’t synching, crashes or encounters some other horrible technically related tragedy, it is a way to keep my data safe. Despite the United States government’s fight with Microsoft over permission to search computer files in the iCloud to keep Americans “safer,” most recently Microsoft sued the Justice Department, saying taking information from the iCloud is unconstitutional.
For me, the main use of iCloud is the simple task of getting contacts, calendars and bookmarks to sync across devices. Most of the time it works, but sometimes, my cloud becomes grey and the cloudy skies encroach upon my devices — contacts disappear or duplicate, causing problems. For example, I have phone numbers change in one contact being copied, but the email address I change in the same contact refuses to make the jump. But at least my pictures and movies are still on the cloud — for now.