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What is the purpose of iCloud?

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Sir Leicester Calculating status...
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Dec 27, 2011 6:47 PM

Is iCloud just a way of sychronizing content across various devices or is it also a cloud back up service? If it is not a cloud back up service, why not? It seems silly that I would pay Apple to store and stream my content in the cloud and then also have to pay some other company to do a complete back up into the cloud.

 

Yesterday, an Apple support person told me in no uncertain terms that iCloud is not a cloud back up service and that is not for storing data in the cloud. He emphasized that it's only purpose was the cross synchronization across platforms. However, I find this difficult to believe given all the hype. Surely, Apple is trying to take over the online back up market.

 

Many thanks in advance for any help.

 

Sir Leicester

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:12 PM (in response to Sir Leicester)

    Good read here >  iCloud: What you need to know | Macworld

     

    Yesterday, an Apple support person told me in no uncertain terms that iCloud is not a cloud back up service and that is not for storing data in the cloud

     

     

     

    That's interesting.  iCloud not only syncs your Mac with iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones, and the iPod touch, but despite what you were told, does offer storage so you have a backup. Apple gives you 5GB of free storage but you can purchase more if neceessary.

     

    iCloud: Managing your iCloud storage

     

    Apple - iCloud - Learn how to set up iCloud on all your devices

     

    iCloud backs up your ...

    • Purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books
    • Photos and video in the Camera Roll
    • Device settings
    • App data
    • Home screen and app organization
    • Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS)
    • Ringtones

    From here >  Apple - iCloud - Store and back up your content in iCloud.

     

     

    iCloud: How to back up iCloud data

     

     

    It seems silly that I would pay Apple to store and stream my content in the cloud and then also have to pay some other company to do a complete back up into the cloud.

     

    You don't have to 

  • rwright Calculating status...
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    Mar 8, 2013 4:24 PM (in response to Carolyn Samit)

    The links provided above say nothing about truly using ICloud to provide additional space to the device, which is what I think the other person was asking. If I have the 15G additional space, why do I run out of space to add new apps? The only thing that shows in my storage area is Pages. On the IClund main page the 'documents and data' is 'on' but I still run out of space. ICloud was a waste of money.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to rwright)

    iCloud is not a viable backup system, not for your Mac anyhow. It will store IOS device backups and files from TextEdit, Preview and iWorks applications. That's it as far as backup goes. As a simple online storage system it is not much better and (on a $ per GB) very expensive.

     

    You should use a real backup system, Time Machine or some other.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,985 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to rwright)

    iCloud is not a general file storage service for files from your Mac.  This Apple document presents an overview of what can be backed up: iCloud: Backup and restore overview

     

    OT

  • snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (4,800 points)
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    Mar 9, 2013 1:36 AM (in response to rwright)

    > If I have the 15G additional space, why do I run out of space to add new apps?

     

    Because apps are stored ON your device, not in the cloud. Buying iCloud storage does not magically increase the capacity of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you have a 32GB iPad, it will always have 32GB of internal storage no matter how much online storage you buy.

     

    iCloud storage is for iOS device backups, email, and data stored by apps - not the apps themselves.

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