Apple has always been, shall we say, behind the times regarding iCloud, allowing the competition to gain significant footholds in cloud-based services while the Cupertino company launches new features at a sluggish pace. And according to a new report from The Information, Apple's attitude towards its cloud services is every bit as fragmented as it seems thanks to some "deep organization issues" within the company.
A pity, since Steve Jobs was a champion of iCloud (which he discussed in his very last keynote), which syncs data among iPhones, Macs, iPads, and iPods so you can access them from anywhere. Apple's troubles with the service show up most prominently in the iCloud Photo Library, which remains in beta despite being one of the supposed main features of iOS 8. Worse yet, the service has yet to appear in any form for Mac, despite Apple's original claims that the new Photos for Mac service would merge the best aspects of both iPhoto, iCloud Photo Library, and Aperture.
The report claims that the troubles surrounding iCloud Photo Library and associated services spring from Apple's alleged lack of a "centralized team working on core cloud infrastructure." iCloud Photo Library in particular doesn't even have a project manager, which means the developers working on Apple's cloud services have to figure out "nearly everything on their own."
Oddly enough, the company climate that works so well for Apple in terms of hardware and software integration seems to work against it in terms of cloud-based services. The company is trying to put together the necessary dedicated team at the moment, so the report says, but the company hasn't gotten far "in part because it's used to projects residing in isolated teams."