Originally Posted by jragosta
Sorry, but you're the one being obtuse.
1. Apple already has a system in place to register new devices. There are no problems with people circumventing that system - you register a device only once and you can't register it again.
2. Apple already has a system in place to give free storage to people who register with iCloud. That storage space can be used to back up your idevices.
3. If Apple wanted to, they could add 5 GB to the storage space every time your register a device and link it to iCloud. The mechanism is already in place and nothing new is required (except the code to change the amount of space you're allocated).
4. Once the space is allocated to an iCloud account, it stays on that iCloud account. Nothing changes if you sell the phone, smash it with a hammer or wipe it and jailbreak it. The extra storage space continues to be allocated to the original iCloud account.
You haven't explained why that is so difficult or why it wouldn't work. Instead, you keep throwing out scenarios that have nothing to do with what I've just described. So please tell us exactly why that wouldn't work.
As annoyed as I am by your lack of comprehension I'll throw you another bone in the form of three more scenarios:
1) A user buys a new iPad. They plug it into their Mac and it restores from a backup. They have 3 iCloud accounts. How does iCloud automatically know which one gets the extra 5GB? According to you this is easy and it's when you register the device. So which is it? At the very least there would have to be an option in iOS that would let you choose which one of multiple accounts you get to apply the one time 5GB? How is that as simple as increasing capacity on the back end?
2a) A user applies it to one iCloud account but soon after realizes they applied it to the wrong one. With your design there is absolutely no recourse for switching the allotment but they really don't want that data applied to the iCloud account they use for junk mail or an address they no long want to use (for whatever reason). There only recourse is to return their new device to the Apple within the 2 week period — remember there is no restocking fee — so they do this again.
2b) A user needs more space for iCloud and doesn't want to wait for a year or two to buy more Apple gear so he gets this idea after reading a post by SolipsismX
on AppleInsider on the downfalls of jragosta
's enacted system that you can buy a new device "register" it, return it for a full refund, and keep the data, so he buys as many of the cheapest iPod Touches he can afford to get the extra space then returns all these opened and "registered" devices that 1) can no longer sold as new, 2) won't get anyone who buys them as refurbished the extra 5GB, and 3) are now costing Apple money on giving away storage, shipping products for the purpose of giving away storage, waisting their employee's time, and affecting their refurb sales where it's now a hit or miss in this extra 5GB of storage from iCloud when you "register" the device.
Of course, this is where you can say this won't happen often, or that it's not a big deal, or that Apple can reset those refurbished devices, or that if you return a device you lose anything you gained from that "register" but that's all additional effort, additional steps, additional consideration that need to be planned for, detailed, thought out, and worked out before your simple
plan can be made a reality.
So how is all that as easy as giving everyone more space which mostly needs to get with the datacenter staff to make sure they have the ability to support any extra capacity needs that might arise (which at this point is pretty doubtful considering how limited iCloud is without a Dropbox-like system for sharing files)?Edited by SolipsismX - 3/11/13 at 5:29pm