What do we like about Apple gear? First, it isn’t just the hardware. Apple is all about the ecosystem; hardware, software, cloud services, accessories. Sure, we love the Mac and they’re selling at record levels, but most of the company’s customers come from the iPhone.
We also like the little things that make Apple special. Privacy and security come to mind. So does synchronization. With iCloud, Apple helps us sync important data between devices?
What’s wrong with that?
I have a few issues with iCloud and price is not one of them. Apple’s cloud services remain price competitive with Google, Dropbox, Microsoft, et al. Price isn’t the issue.
As of now, Apple’s iCloud allows us to sync Safari bookmarks but not Mail email accounts. iCloud allows us to sync Calendar and Contacts, but not Stickies.
Spelling corrections and new words.
Thank the Apple gods that we have plenty to sync but that’s because Apple has plenty of hardware and software that should sync. iOS and iPadOS does not have a corresponding Stickies app that’s on the Mac. There are other note-taking apps, even Stickies-like apps, but nothing simple that simply synchronizes Stickies between apps.
Thank the Apple gods that each OS– from macOS Catalina to iOS to iPadOS– comes with a built-in correction dictionary. That means we can add words to the dictionary. They’re often called learned spellings. I’ve used them on my Mac for, well, since they were introduced way back when.
What’s the problem?
They cannot be synced between Macs or to iPhone or iPad.
I have many dozens of learned spellings on my MacBook Pro, but they do not synchronize with our shared Mac mini. That’s wrong. And it’s so unlike Apple, a techno-gadget maker that seems to be more aware of the little things and details than Microsoft, Google, et al.
What about using the Migration Assistant when moving from an old Mac to a new Mac? Hit or miss. MA is a much-maligned utility for a good reason.
Apple could fix this gaffe easily. iCloud.
A year or two ago I put everything on my Mac into iCloud. The Mac’s Desktop, Documents folder, and Photos. Wherever possible I use iCloud to sync app files and settings between devices. Mostly, it works, but iCloud remains crazy slow at synchronizing, so those files that I need immediately on another device get synced first to Dropbox.
iCloud on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS have a setting and list for which apps will automatically store files on iCloud, but nothing that stores various settings and preferences.
That is exactly the kind of touch you would like to see from Apple, right?