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Although late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs touted iCloud as seamless and simple when it was first introduced in 2011, developers have found that's not quite the case on their end, and they're lashing out as a result.
The Verge reported Tuesday that Apple has largely failed to live up to the promises made nearly two years ago when the iPhone maker rolled out iCloud, its follow-up to the troubled MobileMe service that's widely viewed as a rare black eye for Cupertino.
At the iCloud unveil in 2011, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised a solution that was equally easy for developers as well as users, claiming "it just works."
"Everything happens automatically, and it’s really easy to tie your apps into iCloud’s storage system," Jobs promised at the time.
Unfortunately, third-party developers have found that's not quite the case -- at least not for apps that require Core Data sync with databases.
"The promise of iCloud’s Core Data support is that it will solve all of the thorny issues of syncing a database by breaking up each change into a transaction log," one prominent developer told The Verge. "Except it just doesn’t work."
"iCloud with Core Data is a developer’s worst nightmare," another developer elaborated. "It’s frustrating, maddening, and costs hundreds of support hours." In extreme cases, customer data can even be permanently corrupted -- an unforgivable sin for any application.
While the iCloud situation improved from iOS 5 to iOS 6, plenty of questions remain -- and Apple has been largely silent on the subject thus far, with as few as four people rumored to actually be working on Core Data within the company.
The solution for many developers has been to abandon iCloud support entirely, which isn't exactly ideal for end users clamoring for simplicity. Nor are third-party options such as Dropbox, which developers claim also has issues with database syncing.
For now, third-party developers wait for Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference, where they hope the company will finally introduce an updated version of iCloud that works the way it was originally pitched to them.
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