We want to sync hardwired. We don't want to entrust our hard earned business contacts or our calendar or our documents to any other company. Not just Apple; any company. Apple is special here because of the history of their remarkably poor cloud performance over a relatively long time period. It's a fairly pathetic legacy. It once pissed Steve off.
This is not about photos or music. This is business. We have patent data, product designs and critical competitive information which would be foolhardy to post to a 3rd party internet-connected server. As iCloud grows larger, the big hacks will come. Ask Adobe's customers. This is our livelihood, guys.
It's apparent Apple is removing iTunes from the data syncing equation and we believe this is both a tactical and a strategic error. It's been iTunes that has driven their growth over the long run, starting from the iPod. Lessening the software's impact and functionality is a poor decision IMHO. Especially replacing it with a service that they've never been very good at... this move could come back to haunt Apple. Competitors will rejoice.
We've tested iCloud previously. It was a very difficult experience. After being totally wiped from our systems during a sync hiccup, Contacts had to be recovered from a back up drive. All our associates' iPhones slowed to a crawl - and some froze - when iCloud made a unilateral background decision it was time to sync, regardless of what the user was doing. We were not impressed. But performance issues aside, it's just not wise to expose your company' secret sauce.
Look, it's bad enough that the NSA spys on all Americans. It gets worse on iOS devices when people's fingerprints will positively identify them at this location or that. It gets even worse when all your contacts are available for government scrutiny sans any court order. But that's just one reason, and not even the main point.
It infuriates me that Windows users stay fully-featured and get to maintain their hard wired sync functionality but my Macs get deprecated.
You can sync using USB. They give you that option, some people just want automatic syncing. I haven't had any problems with auto syncing of information from contacts, bookmarks, and notes. I add and delete stuff all of the time and it syncs up great. A temporary outage will happen from time to time, but it syncs up as soon as the service is back on line. The way that iCloud is designed is certainly much better than MobileMe and .mac services were. So, they've addressed a lot of that.
The NSA does not spy on everyone as much as you elude. They frankly don't have the man power, they are focusing on terrorists or illegal behavior that threatens the country. I wonder how much worse we would be if they didn't.
I think you are paranoid and you might want to look at that. People aren't sitting in offices actually reading your email messages unless you are a target. I know plenty of people that are doing criminal actives that should be arrested that aren't. But due to the nature of what they are doing, the NSA isn't going to do anything about it since it's more of a civil issue than a terrorist issue. Seriously, it's not as bad you might think. If you are doing something illegal, then stop doing it. Otherwise, you shouldn't try to get others to be paranoid.
Apple and the NSA even mentioned that the only information they've gathered from Apple were done by a court order and it was mostly people from outside the US and they were criminals being targeted and there were only about 1000+ cases. Which is a tiny amount of people compared to the total number of users.