Originally Posted by Ireland
Yes, and I like the arrows!
I know the cloud icon is on the desktop image of iDisk and I know that Apple wants to become the definition of cloud computing for the rest of us, as I believe the iOS will enable, but it just needs to be a little more clear. I would like to have a button with all of my "cloud" files 'a la DropBox, and a button with all of my "cloud" apps and a button for all of my "cloud" devices (iPhones/iPodT's/iPads) 'a la the iTunes left side bar. Three buttons, that way I can manage the three main reasons to work on line:
1. storing, synching and retrieving files remotely (the most important and most frequent),
2. running an app away from my own laptop (very infrequent now, but potentially big in the future)
3. managing or finding an iDevice (hopefully never).
Then the little trashcan and download/upload icons can change contextually as the actions for files or apps or devices change.
The Mail app as you said is probably the most important and frequently used of the "cloud" apps, and in some respects to me is more about accessing files (emails) than it is about actually running an app. That is why I preferred the older model of buttons for functions, not buttons for apps. It seems that is what Apple is doing to iWorks on the iPad - you don't have to think about apps or file systems, you just press a button and bang you are doing something and who cares where is gets stored or whether it is a desktop app or a widget or a web-app or javalet or whatever. No one had to think about an operating system with original scroll wheel iPod, it just worked; you didn't have to think of songs as files in folders and with metadata, you just clicked on titles and artists and made playlists; you didn't have to wonder if it would all fall apart in the next upgrade or whether a virus would destroy it all, it just worked.
I am assuming that the iOS and MobileMe will merge to a seemless place where Windows and Macs are largely irrelevant. Then the battle for prosumers and professionals (most of the people on this forum) between Windows and Macs can be fought without worrying about whether my mom can navigate the Finder or not.