Before CloudKit Apple was reportedly interested in Facebook's Parse

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Apple announced CloudKit back at WWDC 2014 but before then they, and Dropbox, were reportedly interested in Parse, a mobile development framework that ultimately went to Facebook for $85 million. According to The Information:

[Ilya] Sukhar, a mobile programming prodigy, had already rejected offers from Apple and Dropbox, which were more interested in the company's four talented founders than its business, according to people who were involved in the conversations. Facebook persuaded Mr. Sukhar and his colleagues that it had much bigger plans.

Facebook's Parse acquisition eventually culminated in features like anonymous log-in and App Links being announced for Facebook.

Parse is still very much involved in the ecosystem by announcing support for Swift. Apple's CloudKit is very similar to what Parse offers, but Sukhar defends his product saying "I think Facebook and Parse are the only cross platform solution that's really dedicated to being kind of a neutral party." By the sounds of things Sukhar is a very driven developer, and individually could have been a great addition to Apple. With the launch of Swift and CloudKit, he could have made significant contributions, but how much control he would have in the process is anybody's guess.

Did Apple miss out on a great opportunity here, or are they better off owning their own destiny — and key values and blobs! — with CloudKit?

Source: The Information

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Before CloudKit Apple was reportedly interested in Facebook's Parse

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Parse is correct that Apple wouldn't care for their business, they want a complete control between hardware, software, and cloud. Which means no cross-platform support, which Parse was originally built for.

I think Apple's better off building their own services because they really need to excel there in order to handle the next decade of computing, which will require a lot of cloud-based services. They need that experience and they're starting that with iCloud Drive and iCloud Photos, both are on top of CloudKit. So, they have to ensure CloudKit is stable and fast to use.

Considering their crappy track record of cloud services in the last decade, everyone is wise to reserve any thoughts on CloudKit for now.