Apple’s ace cards for the year 2014 are iOS 8 and iPhone 6. Both are slated to release next month, though the exact dates of release are not yet known. Users are getting ready to welcome the new iPhone and the new iOS.
There have been plenty of rumors over last few months on iOS 8. Many of the features that iOS 8 is rumored to bring around are cloud based. Apple’s signature cloud technology is iCloud. iCloud based features are Mail Drop, iCloud Drives, Safari History, iCloud Photo Library, etc. The tech industry is certain that enhanced version of these features will be found on iOS 8.
Apple has however informed developers that the iCloud based features can only be accessed on iOS 8 beta 5 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 5. This move by Apple has been viewed by a group of developers as a part of the latest effort to make its platform more robust.
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Truth is first four beta versions of iOS 8 had a number of issues. Some of the features were not accessible in first two beta versions. They also had freezing problems. Cloud is a very sophisticated technology and besides Apple doesn’t rely on any third party cloud vendor. The Cupertino giant has its own cloud platform. It was necessary for Apple to make the platform capable of supporting cloud. So Apple has introduced the restriction.
Starting from now, if app making companies want to build cloud based apps to explore the CloudKit features, they’d need to have latest iOS and OS X Yosemite betas. Otherwise, they won’t be able to carry on the cloud app development. In July this year, Apple wiped the CloudKit database. It affected both private and public iCloud data linked to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
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Before discussing how the new cloud apps will benefit users, it’s important to give a look at the iCloud database wipe. It was done at the outset of software testing for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Photos and videos were deleted from the new iCloud photo library.
Apple’s message to all iOS users was
“We will perform a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public databases on July 22. If you are using iCloud containers with public databases, consider creating a copy of your data so that you can re-upload once the data wipe is complete.”
After issuing the above statement Apple made it clear that the update won’t affect iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and Mail Drop. It was necessary to assure users because features like Mail Drop allow them to upload large 5 files and send the link to the server to users so they could download it. Wiping data from Mail Drive means loss of valuable data.
The new Cloud features will increase the efficiency of iCloud. The much hyped iCloud Photo Library will allow users to share photos and move edits done on an images across all devices that run iOS. This multi-platform doc storage will also let users collect photos.
It all makes sense therefore why Apple is abandoning old versions of iOS 10 beta for CloudKit. Since Cloud is advanced, Apple wants the platform (The OS) to be advanced.