Apple's iCloud drive promises robust storage everywhere – CNET

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Apple's new cloud storage service iCloud Drive.

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On WWDC Monday, Apple finally gave us an insight into its first truth Cloud storage service, iCloud Drive. iCloud used to be just a place to back up your photos, address book, and website signups. With the release of Mac OS X Yosemite this fall, however, this service is turning into a full-fledged cloud storage service. Here you can back up any type of file, including PDFs, plain text documents, and Excel spreadsheets, and then access them from iOS and Mac OS devices, as well as from Windows computers.

This iCloud Drive won't sound revolutionary to anyone who already uses Dropbox or Google Drive to back up their files, but it's a big step for Apple. Now the company can begin to displace these third-party services by integrating its own cloud storage option into existing computers, tablets, and phones.

Folders everywhere

After launching this fall, the service will be integrated into Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 as a desktop or mobile app. Just like the competition Dropbox, Google Drive and BoxICloud Drive's desktop apps are located in the file system, where you can simply drag and drop any files into the Drive folder and save them in the cloud. You can create subfolders in your main iCloud Drive folder and organize the storage as you want.

IOS 8 has a dedicated iCloud Drive app that allows you to view and download the backed up files from your desktop. You can also upload new files from the mobile app. Apple advertises that everything is synchronized with iCloud Drive on all your devices. So if you edit a PDF file on a computer, that file is up to date everywhere. Many other cloud storage services are already doing this.

The iOS iCloud Drive app is the first time that Apple offers a cloud storage experience like on a desktop with folders on the iPad and iPhone, and according to the models presented, the experience looks clean and easy to navigate on both sides from mobile phone and desktop ,

It's not the best cloud storage for everyone

For Apple users, iCloud Drive is a great first step into cloud storage if you've never used this type of service before. If you're mainly devoted to Apple and carry a Mac at home, an iPad on the go, and an iPhone with you, but use a Windows computer at work, it makes sense to put your files in iCloud Drive.

However, if you've already saved your files to another service like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or even Microsoft OneDrive, you shouldn't worry about iCloud Drive. Maybe after spending some time on the service, I change my mind, but at the moment I see no point in switching to a service that is not available, at least for Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS, like so many others cloud storage options.

The free space and pricing options for iCloud Drive are a bit inconsistent. On the one hand, iCloud Drive only costs 99 cents per month for 20 GB or 200 GB for $ 3.99 per month (international prices and prices for storage levels up to 1 TB have yet to be determined). Secondly, you only get 5 GB of storage space for free. To put these statistics in the right light, Microsoft offers 7 GB of free storage in OneDrive and only charges $ 25 a year for 50 GB. With Google Drive, you get 15 GB for free and $ 2 a month for 100 GB.

outlook

There's no denying that Apple is behind its cloud storage competition. Dropbox, Google and Microsoft are all on the rise and have been offering low-cost storage options for many platforms for several years.

While Apple has the advantage that iCloud Drive comes with Mac OS X and iOS, making it available to anyone who wants to use it, but I think there will be some issues getting people to make their wallets for you To open a service that is not available is really cross-platform.