On October 12th Apple had their largest upgrade rollout ever. On top of that, the iCloud service went public. Let’s look at all that was going on for a typical Mac + iDevice + Mobile Me user that day:
- On the Mac, install OS X Lion 10.7.2, Lion Recovery Update, and iTunes 10.5
- On the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, install iOS 5
- On one of these devices, go through the iCloud setup to create an account or migrate an existing Mobile Me account
- On the other devices, set up iCloud
- Repeat as necessary if you have multiple Mac and/or iOS devices
For an individual with multiple Macs and iOS devices, that’s a busy day. For a household with multiple people with multiple Macs and iOS devices, that’s a busy weekend or two (I’m in to my second).
Considering all that was going on the update and cloud services held up pretty well, with some temporary outages here and there. Apple’s authentication process for the iOS 5 update seemed to be hardest hit. This resulted in many people having trouble getting through the iOS 5 install process after the download. Within a few hours the problem had abated. Later in the week Apple reported that they would have to throttle iCloud conversions due to the heavy load. I’m not sure if this is still going on, but I’ve migrated three accounts so far without any trouble.
So what did all this get us? On the surface and in casual use little appears to have changed. But there is a lot of new stuff.