When Apple introduced iCloud at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, there were no discussions about a Web-based interface for the service, which lead some to believe that there wouldn’t be one. I don’t believe this is the case.
[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Most of the fervor comes from an article written by Josh Topolsky, which is based on the keynote and what he confirmed with Apple PR. Getting around assumptions based on what Steve Jobs said or didn’t say at the keynote is easy. However, getting around confirmation from Apple PR is a little more difficult.
It makes sense Jobs would focus on the cloud — that is the sexy part of iCloud. Apple wanted to show developers, and the world, what cool things can be done with the service. Showing a Web-based email client isn’t so sexy, so why bother showing it.
Apple may also have a few more tricks up its sleeve for its Web-based services that it didn’t want to unveil before it was absolutely necessary. It’s not unlike Apple to save a few tidbits for the launch of a product and keep the competition guessing at the same time.
As for Josh’s Apple PR confirmation. The only thing I can think of is that there was some kind of misunderstanding.
Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says Topolsky is making a “bad assumption.” That sounds about right to me.
Of this, I am sure — Apple will have a Web-based interface for iCloud. In fact, I expect an even cooler interface than the latest updates we saw with MobileMe calendar and email.