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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Shinycloud

iCloud Exams prevented me from blogging about the WWDC11 keynote yesterday, which is fine, because I don't intend to blog about the WWDC11 keynote. Yet. But I won't be able to avoid doing so in the future as it was a game-changer which shapes the next decade of computing.

Most of the attention will go on the small things, such as the sweeping up of developer goodies into iOS/Lion. Hello Reader, iCloud, bye bye ghetto destinations such as Instapaper, Dropbox. Listening to Steve, I didn't immediately get the anti-Android nature of the new stuff, but it became obvious when I thought about it, teaming up with Twitter to fight Google. Interestingly, not a mention of Facebook after the Ping disaster... However, before anyone gets too excited, it's far from clear at present how much of any of this applies outside the USA.

But none of that is important. What is important is iCloud, Apple's implementation of a cloud-enabled OS (with clever freemium pricing). It's like Android/Chrome that "just works". Except that it's not a cloudOS or a webOS, it's very firmly cloud data - desktop apps with data synced via the cloud. In practical terms with the connectivity problems I get when I go anywhere, I'll settle for that over a full webOS. And the reason iCloud is important is because it ushers us toward the emerging quantum computing era, where data will stop having a physical existence (just as media stopped having physical form when iTunes came along), and simply exist/not exist based on atomic spin.


     

2 comments:

  1. Yep, I agree. I think it is also a game changer, and I put out a cheeky blog post on it last night - Why isn't my course on the cloud?. Basically, as I said in the post, I think the adoption of cloud-based computing in to mainstream devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad means that students will be expecting their course to be 'in the cloud'.

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  2. Interesting post. Two possible responses:

    1) If students are iCloud users, their courses will be in the cloud in some senses. This will no longer be under the control of their host institution.

    2) As far as the UK/EU is concerned, I'm not at all clear how legislation affects individuals/institutions getting involved with iCloud where student data is concerned. Certainly the UK Data Protection Act seems to "forbid" it, but then, it probably forbad Ryan Giggs too, and look how that turned out.

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