Today Apple released 3 new downloadables: iCloud, iOS 5, and a major Lion update, 10.7.2. Now I personally do not have an iOS device quite yet, but I really wonder what Apple was thinking. With so many new updates, their servers are being crushed. I remember in 2008 when they released MobileMe, the iPhone 3G, iOS 2, and the App Store. All at the same time. That did not go well. Steve Jobs wrote an email to the MobileMe team saying some interesting thoughts about the matter:
The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services. And learn we will.
It was a mistake to launch MobileMe at the same time as iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store. We all had more than enough to do, and MobileMe could have been delayed without consequence.
It doesn’t appear that they learned from their mistake.