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iWork for iCloud beta access limited due to 'overwhelming' demand

updated 10:37 am EDT, Mon August 26, 2013

Users encounter error messages at iCloud.com

Apple is restricting some users' access to the iWork for iCloud beta, anecdotes indicate. People trying to launch Pages, Numbers, or Keynote from the iCloud website may find themselves blocked by an error message stating that Apple has had an "overwhelming response," and asking them to "check back soon." The company promises however that documents saved in the Mac and iOS versions of iWork will still be backed up to iCloud.

The beta opened up to the public late last week, following a phase that began with developers and Apple workers, only gradually reaching people outside that sphere. Apple appears to have been unprepared for the demand on iCloud servers; the company should however have enough time to build up infrastructure in time for iWork for iCloud's final release. Apple hasn't set a date, but it will likely want to time the launch to coincide with the introduction of iOS 7-native iWork apps. iOS 7 is expected to debut sometime in mid-September.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. macmedia1

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-07-05

    When you cede control over to someone else, you can do little if anything if problems arise.

    I don't think I would trust anything to the cloud (only as a backup). If it is on my local computer at least if something goes wrong I can immediately try to find an alternate solution and not trust someone else to do it.

  1. Gazoobee

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 02-27-09

    "When you cede control over to someone else, you can do little if anything if problems arise.

    I don't think I would trust anything to the cloud (only as a backup). If it is on my local computer at least if something goes wrong I can immediately try to find an alternate solution and not trust someone else to do it."

    How is this a "problem"? And how is the users data security affected in any way? Read the article.

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-07-07

    I hope this gets some major improvements before it's taken out of 'beta' state. Maybe 1 in 10 of my pages documents actually open in the cloud version. Anything more than a simple text document doesn't seem to be supported without some sort of error. My expectation is that if a document is created in pages on a mac, it should work in the cloud, and on the iPad, without having to resort to opening a copy that might strip out some part of the document. The whole 'IT JUST WORKS' part is missing here, and in a major way.

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