Limits on iCloud, iMessage

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-06-06 Print this article Print


5. Whatever came of Lala?

Prior to Apple's announcements at WWDC, many reports suggested that Lala, the online-music service Apple acquired in 2009, would play a key role in iCloud. Some wondered if users would be able to stream content from iCloud to their devices. But that hasn't happened. And Lala's functionality, while seemingly a perfect fit for iCloud, has yet to make its way to the service. Hopefully it will at some point in the future.

6. Is this really a groundbreaking music service?

Numerous reports cropped up before iCloud was announced that suggested Apple had inked major deals with music labels that would provide the company with more music functionality than its competition. But now that the details surrounding iCloud are known, it's clear that there is no groundbreaking music service here. The service essentially makes it easy for users to transfer previously purchased content to other devices. Was that really all Apple was seeking in its negotiations with music labels?

7. Why isn't video streaming included?

In Apple's discussion on iCloud, the company left out one key detail: video streaming. Apple said that users will be able to transfer music, documents, photos and other content through the cloud, but video streaming is not included. That might be due to the storage requirements related to such a solution. But considering how important video has become, it would have been a nice addition. Will video streaming come to iCloud eventually? There's no telling just yet.

8. Will the OTA update process be like Android's?

Apple made an important announcement at WWDC, saying that iOS users will no longer need to connect their devices to their computers to update them. That's certainly a welcome addition, but some might wonder if the update process will mimic that of Android's in that it will take awhile to roll out an update to several devices. Apple says that its update process will address that thanks to support for delta updates. But everyone will be waiting until iOS 5 launches to see if the company's update process can be better than Android.

9. What are the limits on iMessage?

Though Apple gloated about iMessage during its keynote, there are still many questions surrounding the app, which lets users on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch communicate and share content over WiFi and 3G. Will the service be another BlackBerry Messenger, or something more robust? More importantly, will there be any limits, especially from carriers who might not welcome the communication over their 3G networks? The details surrounding iMessage will need to be worked out and communicated to users before its launch.

10. What about Facebook?

With iOS 5, users will find full Twitter integration, making it much easier to send out tweets or photos from an iPhone or iPad. For social-media fans, it's a nice addition. But what about Facebook? As the world's top social network, Facebook arguably would have been a more desirable addition to iOS 5 than Twitter. And in an ideal world, they both could have co-existed on the platform. Twitter is great, but wouldn't Facebook have been even better? 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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