Wozniak warns on the cloud

Apple co-founder thinks the cloud could be "horrendous"
Darren Allan

August 7, 2012

Steve Wozniak has been on his soapbox, and generally annoying the big cheeses at Apple with his latest declarations regarding the cloud.

As anyone who follows the tech world knows, the cloud is seen as the future, and it has very much arrived in the present already. We now have cloud gaming (OnLive), cloud storage lockers aplenty – from Dropbox, to SkyDrive, to Google Drive – and the next version of Microsoft Office (13) will be available in cloud-based form (Office 365).

Of course, Apple has its own iCloud platform which is integrated into its operating systems, both mobile (iOS) and desktop (Mountain Lion). The cloud is a key part of Apple’s strategy, which is why said big cheddars – heads of the Cupertino mob – won’t be pleased at Wozniak calling the cloud “horrendous”.

According to AFP (via the Register), he said: “I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.”

What sort of problems? Namely, security and ownership.

Wozniak further noted: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away. I want to feel that I own things… A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say: The more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”

He does have a point in some respects. Certainly, the recent case of a Wired journalist having his iCloud account hacked (via social engineering) and everything wiped off his devices could be a cautionary tale of things to come.

Yet the cloud offers a lot of boons, and potential power – syncing across all devices, playing the latest games regardless of your PC’s graphical firepower, and many other advantages.

We just have to tread carefully…


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