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2 3-2012 Take Control of iCloud


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Apple's free iCloud service replaces MobileMe and provides a way for people to instantly synchronize contacts, calendars, photos, documents, music, and other kinds of data among their digital devices-especially Macs and iOS devices. It's designed to be so easy to use that it's practically invisible, but as many people have discovered, a great deal of complexity lies beneath the friendly surface. In this webcast, veteran Mac author Joe Kissell explains what iCloud can do for you, how to deal with configuration puzzles and compatibility issues, and how best to manage the transition from MobileMe

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2 3-2012 Take Control of iCloud

  1. 1. Take Control of iCloud Joe Kissell Senior Editor, TidBITS Senior Contributor, Macworld @joekissell
  2. 2. What Is iCloud?
  3. 3. Syncing: The Old Way <ul><li>Every device has a copy of all your stuff </li></ul><ul><li>From time to time, connect them with cables </li></ul><ul><li>Sync and hope for the best </li></ul>
  4. 4. Push Updates (MobileMe) <ul><li>Modify data on any device </li></ul><ul><li>Data pushed up to cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Data pushed to other devices </li></ul><ul><li>Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks only </li></ul>
  5. 5. Push Updates (iCloud) <ul><li>Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, plus… </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Music, TV shows, Apps, Books </li></ul>
  6. 6. Can You Use iCloud? <ul><li>Mac: 10.7.2+ </li></ul><ul><li>PC: Windows 7 or Vista </li></ul><ul><li>iOS: iOS 5+ </li></ul><ul><li>Apple TV: 2nd-gen, latest SW </li></ul><ul><li>Apple ID (more on this later) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Can You Use iCloud? <ul><li>All your devices OK: go for it </li></ul><ul><li>If some devices not OK: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don ’ t use iCloud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace outdated devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go without some services on older devices </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A Quick Spin through iCloud…
  9. 9. Stuff That ’ s Pretty Much the Same as in MobileMe <ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks & Reading List </li></ul><ul><li>Find My Noun* </li></ul><ul><li>Back to My Mac* </li></ul>
  10. 10. iCloud Downloads
  11. 11. iTunes Match
  12. 12. iCloud Backup (iOS only)
  13. 13. Photo Stream
  14. 14. Documents in the Cloud
  15. 15. iCloud Configuration
  16. 16. iCloud Configuration
  17. 17. iCloud Configuration
  18. 18. All About Your Apple ID <ul><li>Apple ’ s “ universal ” credentials </li></ul><ul><li>MobileMe/.Mac logins work* </li></ul><ul><li>iCloud needs a address </li></ul><ul><li>An Apple ID can have multiple addresses </li></ul>
  19. 19. All About Your Apple ID <ul><li>Apple IDs can ’ t be merged </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing is problematic </li></ul><ul><li>You can use one Apple ID for purchases, another for everything else </li></ul>
  20. 20. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>Gone right away: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mac-to-Mac data syncing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail: POP access (in & out), external addresses, 3 aliases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contacts: publish/subscribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back to My (older) Mac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find My (pre-iOS 5) Device </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>Gone as of June 30, 2012: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iDisk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backup </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>Gallery replacements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dropbox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picasa Web Albums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ZangZing </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>iDisk replacements (storage & sharing) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dropbox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SpiderOak </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SugarSync </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>iDisk replacements (Web hosting) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 and 1 .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DreamHost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FatCow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thousands of others… </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Migrating from MobileMe <ul><li>Dealing with duplicates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Back up and export first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check “ On My Mac ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still no joy? Delete & import </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Bookmark Sync Problems? <ul><li>Export old bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Erase bookmarks everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Create a new bookmark on one device, let it sync </li></ul><ul><li>Erase new bookmark </li></ul><ul><li>Import old bookmarks </li></ul>
  27. 27. iCloud & Snow Leopard <ul><li>Mail: (almost) no problem </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar: try BusyCal or for iCal </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts: iffy at best </li></ul><ul><li>Everything else: sorry </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Take Control of iCloud (v. 1.1) </li></ul><ul><li>Much more than I covered today </li></ul><ul><li>153 pages </li></ul><ul><li>$15 </li></ul>Ebook: Also available on Safari Books Online For Further Reading…
  29. 29. Q & A
  30. 30. Thank you for your kind attention! Joe Kissell • @joekissell