Rumor: Infighting at Apple holding back iCloud, iTunes improvements

Political infighting within Apple’s engineering ranks is holding back the company’s efforts to fix technical problems that have plagued iCloud and iTunes, reports The Information, quoting unnamed “people with direct knowledge of the situation.”

“The engineering conflict, which has delayed development of the new infrastructure, stems from Apple's decision last year to extend the cloud-computing platform that powers Siri, and which is run by Mr. [Patrick] Gates’s group, to other Apple services including iTunes, iMessage and iCloud. That threatened an engineering group overseen by Eric Billingsley which currently runs iCloud and many of the other Apple Internet services.”

One senior engineer, Steve D'Aurora, an engineering manager in a team led by Patrick Gates, is reported to have resigned. He joined Apple in 2010 through an acquisition of the privately held Siri, Inc. According to his LinkedIn profile, D’-Aurora “continues to build the next generation of AI/NLP/Speech Siri infrastructure and related services with a world-class team of engineers.”

Chances this rumor is true (IMHO): 50%. In other words, I have no idea, though something is clearly holding up progress with iCloud and iTunes improvements.