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Articles: iCloud Drive

Apple is launching iOS 8, and it's jam-packed with features that both consumers and developers have been clamoring for. One of the big additions announced this past June was the transformation of the current iCloud storage system to iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive is Apple's way of reintroducing the iDisk of old with some new features. It's basically a folder that lives on all your devices and makes it easy for you to access your documents and have them sync with them all.

Edits you make on one device are automatically pushed to all your devices. For instance, if you're traveling and make an edit to your Keynote presentation on your iPad, when you get home those edits will be reflected on your home or work computer.

All of this is truly awesome, and a welcome addition to our Apple device features. However, it can add a level of complication and confusion for the average user.

If you're upgrading to iOS 8 right away, you may want to think twice before enabling iCloud Drive on your iOS devices. As part of the iOS 8 setup, you'll be presented with the following warning:


NOTE: You will not be able to access the documents currently stored in iCloud on the following devices until they are also upgraded to iOS 8.


This is an important warning, but one that will be very easy for many to ignore. Without some context, it really has no meaning. Here at PowerMax, we wanted to make sure our customers know what this really means so you're able to make an informed choice before making the leap into iCloud Drive.

Currently the way the iCloud works with documents is that they are stored in iCloud in each specific app. So in order to access your Pages documents you need to open Pages on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. This is how it works for all the iWork apps when you store your documents in iCloud. With iCloud Drive, Apple is allowing any app to have access to the documents. Apple is also allowing us to save other types of files and documents to our iCloud Drive. Again, truly awesome.

Except, if you do go ahead and upgrade to iCloud Drive today and start opening and editing your documents, they will no longer be available in the old iCloud storage system, making them impossible to find on your Macintosh. Why? Well, iCloud Drive requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which has not shipped yet, and most likely will not ship until sometime in October.

This means that if you are currently using iCloud as a way to store documents with the iWork suite of apps, PowerMax is recommending that you do not upgrade to iCloud Drive until you are able to upgrade your Macintosh to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. This will enable you to keep working as you are today between your Mac and iOS devices, and once Yosemite ships you can go into your setting on your iOS device and enable iCloud Drive at that time.

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