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    Default iCloud Progress Reportedly Held Back By Lack of Centralized Infrastructure Team

    According to a new report from Jessica E. Lessin of The Information, Apple’s work in-progress iCloud Photo Library still hasn’t fully realized the original concept, code-named “Hyperion,” which was pushed years ago by Steve Jobs. Based on the report, Jobs was said to be fond of the Hyperion photo syncing project but even the new iCloud Photo Library, which has missed its deadline once again remains in beta. This is all because the project in its current state is not what Jobs and others at Apple had envisioned.

    Its previous iteration, Photo Stream, would sync a user’s most recent photos captured on their iOS device. The new iCloud Photo Library syncs all images and is paired with new, cheaper storage plans instead. Apple is said to be having problems rolling out the iCloud Photo Library, which people familiar with the operation say is a result of the company’s internal structure or lack thereof. According to the sources, Apple has been hampered by not having a “centralized team working on core cloud infrastructure."

    Apple developers are reportedly expected to build “nearly everything on their own,” while the Cupertino California company also lacks a product manager overseeing the entire iCloud Photo Library project. The report mentioned the following regarding the matter:

    One person close to the company says Apple is taking some steps to build some common cloud technology but has moved slowly in part because it's used to projects residing in isolated teams.
    iCloud Photo Library will be tapping into a new Photos application for OS X Yosemite but that wasn’t finished in time for the launch of the new Mac OS, as a result Apple said that Photos for Yosemite will make its debut in early 2015. The feature is so behind schedule it wasn’t even ready for the debut of iOS 8 in September. Apple ended up allowing select users to opt into the beta service at launch before making access to the beta more widely available with the release of iOS 8.1. The photo syncing service has been seeing a gradual rollout on the web too. users recently gained the ability to upload images to their photo library though support remains limited only to .JPG files and doesn’t accept images in any other format.

    We’ll have to wait and see when 2Apple works on changing any of this going forward as it’s likely that iCloud will become an increasingly large focus as technology pushes towards cloud based solutions for consumers.

    Source: The Information via AppleInsider

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    Well that sucks. It sounds like a relic of Steve Job's vision/implementation of iCloud that caused the departmentalization of it. Too bad. It should have just been a simple filesystem from the beginning, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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