Color me sufficiently mature that I'm not much of an early adopter anymore. Certainly, as a certified member of the technology industry, I am closer to the bleeding edge than most, but are no longer sitting on the edge.
Maybe I'm a little smarter now after cutting myself by jumping too fast into the next big thing. It includes iCloud. Oh, surely, I use iCloud and have since replaced MobileMe (which I used, but not for something critical) because it does a decent, albeit slow job of syncing data from Apple apps. Now I have gone into everything.
Better with age
For the most part, iCloud has not caused me any grief for some years, and very slowly I have added new files to keep them in sync between Mac, iPhone and iPad. The big jump was last month when I realized I could fit all the photos and videos from the Pictures to 200GB storage option into iCloud for a $ 2.99 month-long ill-treatment.
So I cropped some photos, went into System Preferences, clicked on iCloud and turned on the iCloud Photo Library in the Pictures section. What makes it is quite simple, even if it took a few days. Pictures on your Mac will be storage for all original images and video files. Any other device that uses the Apple ID on your Mac will receive lower resolution copies for the same files. That means other Macs, iPhones, iPads, get everything from Photos on Mac, but the Mac keeps the originals.
Take a photo or video on the iPhone, and a few minutes later, the files appear on iPads and Mac. I ran it for a whole month, and I report zero issues, except for the few days mentioned, to get all the devices synchronized. The public Internet is still not as fast as we want it.
As a good wine, iCloud has improved slightly with age.
All In, almost
iCloud in System Preferences has another privilege over images. It's called iCloud Drive, and basically there's another way to get files in your iCloud account right from the Mac Finder. These files are then synchronized, as it does with images, to iPhone, iPad and other Macs.
Click Options and you'll see a list of apps that use iCloud. Examples include email, pages, numbers, messages, iBooks, reminders and many other third-party applications. At the top, there is a setting for desktop and document folders on your Mac. That means the two folders will be synced to iCloud and available on iCloud Drive for iPhone, iPad and other Macs using the same Apple ID.
Again I had to prune both the desk and the documents, but then did the action with a click. Again, it took nearly two days for iCloud to sync these files and folders to all other devices. Uploading was pretty quick; only a few hours, but download took a while on the five devices I use on iCloud.
Finally, it only worked. The ICloud Drive files and folders on the MacBook Pro are the same as on the iMac desktop. Changes in one means changes to the other in a few minutes or so. And because iCloud Drive also works on iPhone and iPad, those files and folders are synced there as well.
Now I've been an Apple customer for a few decades, so I know the routine. Trust but confirm. And, backup. So, I have backups of the desktops and documents in the iCloud Drive stored securely and synchronized elsewhere on my Macs (and with backups of each Mac). So when I say I'm everything on iCloud there is a relative all in.
All the files and folders and pictures and videos also make me uncertain near 200GB limit $ 2.99 a month. The next level is $ 9.99 but comes with 2 TB of storage space. I can use it for family iMovie and some Final Cut Pro projects, but not yet.
Complete trust and all in does not mean what it used to mean. [1