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Comment: Something is wrong when an Apple fan steps outside the Apple ecosystem
I love the Apple ecosystem. It's not perfect by any means, but I'd say that the vast majority of the time it lives up to Steve's famous ‘it just works' promise. It's the main reason that I have two Macs, an iPad and an iPhone.So when a big Apple fan deliberately moves outside of that ecosystem, that's a sign that something is very wrong. And I do so not just in one area, but two. The common theme? iCloud …iCloud is both Apple's greatest strength and biggest weakness. When it works, it delivers a variety of different services, but it doesn't always just work. It falls over far more often than is acceptable in something so fundamental to that ecosystem, made worse by the fact that Apple is usually very late to update its status page to reflect those outages for users concerned that something has gone wrong.Things that should be instant sometimes take hours, like creating a new Note on a Mac and waiting for it to appear on an iPad – resulting in ridiculous things like force-quitting the app and going offline and on again in the hope that might spur the app into checking its iCloud repository. And don't get me started on the Pages document I created on my iPad and then couldn't access on a plane an hour or two later because the device had apparently offloaded it to iCloud and not retained a local copy.