No warning, no support, just fait accompli. Disk Utility RAID volumes work for the time being, but there is no support in Disk Utility for Apple RAID any more.

MPG editorial view: this is not just a technical issue. The way this has been handled is a failure of integrity and judgment (“ethical lapse” might not be too strong a term), notwithstanding the hot air emitted by CEO Tim Cook on respecting users. How can an abrupt ripping out of core functionality in any way be respectful of users?

Such actions generate a deep mistrust of Apple competence and judgment by professional users. Commented upon for years here at MPG with growing unease, this latest fiasco is a logical escalation in line with Apple Core Rot. The steady decline in software quality control in both iOS and OS X is its evil twin. There are no adults in charge of OS X development any more, with iPhone bugs and breaking of critical iOS features on the menu for iOS users. MPG does not consider these things (and many more) as random events, but rather signs of dangerous cracks to Apple’s future.

Mac Performance Guide on the “RAID management”-gate by Apple.

Apple 1 – my wallet -0,99€/mo

You have to admire how subtle and – in some way – kind is Apple on making you spend money, and then some more money, on their products.

I took a 64GB white iPhone 6 this last December, and managed to have all my data successfully back-upped over iCloud. Yesterday I had a warning of low space on it, and after a check I found I had only left 180 MB.

I don’t use any of the Streaming Photos feature, and at least for now I am not a heavy user of apps requiring lots of iCloud Drive space. The apps eating up my space are actual photographs on my device (something near 6 GB of data) and 1/2 GB eaten by Whatsapp [in my family we use it a lot, and we enjoy making photo and vocal jokes with my very young nieces].

I was a bit confused by the how iCloud showed me how actually I use its space. First it tells me it needs ~4.4 GB of data to backup my iPhone, then another ~ 800 MB to Whatsapp and other iCloud Drive files. Digging into the iPhone backup I saw again Whatsapp, this time with more space used, and then the apps on my phone.

Thinking about an incremental backup (a la Time Machine) I deleted my backup and started it anew. At the end of the process I gained only 350 MB of space.

So, seeing how somewhat limiting myself with photos I already took over 6 GB of my phone which had to be saved in my backup I made my mind and moved to OS X iCloud Preference panel to buy the cheapest upgrade to iCloud Drive.

iCloud plan upgrade

Per se it’s a small investment, so I can afford to set up and forget it. But at least I have to admit defeat to those evil marketing strategies by Cupertino …