Apple’s iCloud: The Cloud Is Here To Stay

At the Apple developer’s conference yesterday, we in the legal technology services industry became one step closer to talking about the serious and practical issues around the cloud, rather than the debating the obsolete theoretical question, “Should you go to the cloud?”.

Apple announced the release of iCloud, a solution that stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and everything else in the cloud and pushes them to all your devices (iPhone, desktop, laptop, iPad) automatically and seamlessly. It is being built in an integrated fashion into the operating system of both mobile devices and desktop/laptop computers.

Gone are the days of emailing documents back and forth to yourself to get them on all of your devices.They will now exist on your desktop, iPad, and iPhone automatically. Downloaded books and music will also show up on all devices when you purchase them on one device.

Apple showed yesterday (as many companies before them have) that the cloud is serious and is here to stay. This is one more step towards devices not mattering, and the cloud becoming the new way we compute.

In Steve Jobs’ own words, “We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device. We’re going to move your hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.”

Now, we in the legal industry can hopefully continue the discussion on how to make cloud computing work, rather than asking whether or not the legal industry should be in the cloud.

It is no longer a theoretical discussion on “to cloud or not to cloud?,” but instead needs to be a discussion on how to cloud and leverage the efficiencies that cloud computing has to offer.