Shawn Blanc on Apple and the Cloud

Shawn Blanc has a very thoughtful piece on Apple and cloud-based data syncing:

At the moment there are more than 65 apps for iOS which sync via Dropbox. How many iOS apps use iDisk to sync data? I only know of one: OmniFocus. And even then, MobileMe is just one of several syncing options the Omni Group offers.

Dropbox is flinging wide the door for syncing and sharing of data across multiple computers and devices. It seems to me that Apple should be the ones owning this service.

I’ve heard rumors of a “Dropbox-killer” service from Apple, possibly a part of Mac OS X 10.7. I don’t know if it made the cut, but we’ll find out in a few hours.

The problem, of course, is what about Windows? I’m not sure how an Apple cloud syncing solution could be tied to a new version of Mac OS X.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010