Apple Inc (AAPL) Disorganization reportedly stopping iCloud Advancement
Despite being under development for several years now, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iCloud Photo Library is still far from achieving the objectives set out in the original concept. The project was code named “Hyperion” and was pushed by the late Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder.
Media reports show that Jobs had a particular fondness for the Hyperion project. If he was still around today, there is a chance that Steve Jobs would be disappointed at the lack of progress on this photo syncing project. Even the new iCloud Photo Library, which was released after its deadline and is still in the beta stage is far from being what was originally planned.
A similar service called Photo Stream was previously available and would sync the most recent photos that a user took on their iPhone. The iCloud Photo Library is able to sync all images and gives users access to more affordable iCloud storage plans.
Even though some progress has been made on the iCloud Photo Library, the company is apparently having problems rolling out the full version, according to sources familiar with the company’s operations. It is believed that progress is hampered because Apple doesn’t have a centralized team assigned to projects on its core cloud infrastructure.
Insiders have stated that Apple’s developers are expected to build almost everything on their own and there is no product manager which is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the iCloud Photo Library project.
Another person close to the company said that Apple is taking measures that would result in common cloud technology being built, but progress has been slow so far as the project is split between isolated teams.
The iCloud Photo Library wasn’t ready when iOS 8 made its debut in September. Some users were allowed to access a beta version of the service when it was launched, before extending beta availability when iOS 8.1 was released in October.
There has been a gradual rollout of the photo syncing service on the web. Last week, those who use the iCloud.com service had been given the ability to upload images to a photo library, but the service still has some limitations. Most notably, it is only able to accept .JPG files and has no support for any other image format at the moment.
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