No iCloud on Snow Leopard
February 17, 2012
Don’t you just wish that Apple hadn’t left all us Snow Leopard 10.6.8 users stranded with a severe lack of iCloud joy (and love)? So, now synching with iCloud is only possible with Lion (and Mountain Lion) or iOS 5. I can’t even use the “free” 5B storage! iCloud won’t sync with iCal, iCloud won’t sync with Address Book and I can’t store stuff in the Apple cloud. I have to use third-party DropBox instead. There’s another dark cloud over Apple, and Snow Leopard users are not happy. I WANT MY FREE iCLOUD STUFF (repeat this loudly after me or I’ll throw my toys out of the pram).
I never object to progress, the thing is, aren’t we supposed to improve “stuff” when we progress? Well, Apple certainly didn’t improve our experience by leaving hundreds of thousands of Snow Leopard, Leopard and Tiger users high and dry with iCloud. Not to mention that as of 30th June 2012, MobileMe will cease operating – Mac users paid a premium for that one.
At present, I run two Macs – my MacBook Pro at home and an iMac at work. I also have two macs gathering dust and use my faithful iPhone everyday. I would argue that I’m a valuable customer to Apple. They didn’t even have to convert me having used my first Mac in 1984! I enjoy using my Macs, I trust them most of the time (although my iMac gave me grief for 3 months when I first bought it).
I purchased my iMac in February 2011 to replace my ageing PowerMac G5 2.0 DP. It came installed with Snow Leopard, not Lion. Later in the year Apple gave us all free .me email accounts, a fantastic move and very clever branding, keeping Apple at the forefront of our minds. YIPPEE! I thank Apple for this as I use a .me email every day for non-work activities.
But, and this is a big but, Apple in its corporate wisdom held out the carrot with free .me email and the net based iCloud account. We bit on the hook and then found out we couldn’t use iCloud on our Macs; well that’s unless we installed Lion. WE WANT MORE APPLE (altogether)! I would happily pay for an official Apple utility to connect to iCloud. However, at this time I have no desire to to upgrade my OS and endure the grief stricken weeks of ironing out apps that won’t work, not to mention the cost of upgrading very expensive suites like Adobe CS!
So, I now ask, is this real progress? Apple, is this really looking after your customers? Is this now the extent of Apple’s corporate attitude? Have Apple forgotten that we very rarely approach issues like this in a balanced and logical manner (we are just consumers after all)? We just want stuff to work after all the financial investment we’ve made! Not a lot to ask or am I missing the point here?
I may go as far as to employ a medium to ask Steve what he thinks, goodness rest his talented technocratic soul. He’d most likely tell me to upgrade so I could take advantage of all the great features in Lion, including iCloud.