Over a decade after Apple took its first shot at the web with iTools, the company still doesn’t have a decent, trustworthy product.
Beside the controversy this week about iCloud ability to deliver worthy APIs to developers, other people stated that their is two iCloud: APIs part for developers and what the end user see of iCloud like Mail, Calender, icloud.com. Besides iCloud syncing problems at time, there is one feature that I see criticial and that is missing: a file system.
iCloud in Mountain Lion open and save dialog boxes shows essentially a flat space with documents in it. In other words, there is no file system in iCloud storage. I guess the design choice behind this is to keep things simple. Current computers startup UI are essentially to present a windows on a file system. But the computer is not a file system. So the paradigm shift seems to be compelling.
The problem is when you have more than 10 documents in iCloud for a specific application, looking for the one you want becomes tedious. This render iCloud storage problematic. And I think this is the kind of problem we see often in Apple applications: they don’t scale well at certain usage level (i.e. power users). Another example of this is the iOS application Photos.app. There is no hierarchy for organizing hundreds of photos except for albums. I find it problematic when you are looking for a specific set of pictures.
I guess Apple wants to simplify the computing experience but the thing is, for many of us who are using computers since before the iPhone, we all know and basically understand folders and documents. Apple shouldn’t have eliminated this from iCloud’s document storage. Maybe in iCloud 2.0, who knows.