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A new report is out today claiming that Apple’s iCloud ambitions are being stymied by a wealth of organizational issues. Jessica Lessin of The Information spoke with roughly a dozen current and former Apple employees, who say these issues are holding up releases and complicating products.

Lessin uses the work-in-progress iCloud photo project—codenamed Hyperion—as an example. First unveiled in 2011, Steve Jobs’ vision for seamless photo-syncing has yet to be fully realized. iCloud Photo Library is a step in the right direction, but it missed the initial iOS 8 release and is still in beta.

Employees familiar with the project say the lack of progress is a result of Apple’s internal structure. There’s no project manager overseeing the development of iCloud Photo Library, and perhaps even worse, the company doesn’t have a centralized, dedicated team working on core cloud infrastructure.

Software engineers at Apple are expected to build “nearly everything on their own,” says one of Lessin’s sources. Another noted that while the Cupertino firm has taken some steps to build some common cloud technology, it’s “moving slowly in part because it’s used to projects residing in isolated teams.”

Apple has long been praised for its ability to make beautiful hardware and software work together, but I don’t think anyone would argue that its cloud services have been lacking (see MobileMe). Hopefully its recent acquisition of cloud startup Union Bay Networks, among other things, will help change that.

[The Information]

  • Cody

    Dang man. I miss Steve Jobs. If he was still alive I would not have to use this toy-ish software on an iPod Touch made an iPhone. Hopefully Mr. Cook doesn’t go all crazy and makes the MacBooks look like an HP.

    • CS

      Please just stop commenting…you sound like an idiot.

  • Paymon John Vafa

    Fix my bluetooth first

    • isitjustme

      There is no bluetooth problem with Mac OS, perhaps you don’t know which OS you are using.
      I don’t blame you.

  • GadgetQueenn

    Apple has always lacked cloud service management. What they need to do is stop playing around, buy up some company that focuses specifically on the cloud for a dedicated team. This is so annoying because the lack of cohesiveness with these cloud service releases, and half-backed at that, are really destroying the ultimate flow and functionality.

    • Apple should just buy Dropbox. They’ve probably got the money to do so…

  • AppleAnalist

    It is time Apple spent some cash and heavily invested in the cloud service. It has become an integral part of the device and software experience. When people like myself continue to fork out and support the company and the ecosystem they seriously must focus on this aspect to maintain current customers and excite future customers. Apple defends itself as customer focused and by spending money and fixing the cloud will they prove their mantra.

  • Ian Leon

    Just ask google how they do it. And then do it better.

  • jp2002

    Scott forstoll needs to come back and clean a hell lot of things in the software department.

  • Xee

    Apple should also increase the measly free 5Gb.