Apple iCloud Drive unveiled: one place to store and sync documents between Mac, iOS and Windows

Apple has just unveiled iCloud Drive, a new way to store and sync documents that works across Mac, iOS and Windows.

Think of iCloud Drive as a central hub, a place for all the iCloud documents you have. It’s a cloud storage at its core, similar to Dropbox, and you can view and automatically sync docs.

"We all know that docs in the cloud provides a convenient way for working on something across platforms," Apple’s senior VP of sofware engineering Craig Federighi said on stage.

If you are wondering how will this work on the mobile side of things, on iOS, there will be a document picker that will allow you to tap into the iCloud Drive storage. We’ll be looking for more details to surface soon, as we expect Apple to release them right after the ongoing event ends.



1. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

ummm? catch up?

13. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

exactly.... Microsoft in owning Apple on platform / data integration for 5 years and Apple finally takes a baby step... Skydrive/Onedrive has had full user mirroring forever, completely transparent...

2. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014 that´s what I call inovation!

3. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Sync files? Like Dropbox? OMG Innovation at its best!!!!!!

4. Sauce unregistered

Im liking the feature where I can use my mac as a phone and regular text/call my android friends. OSX Yosemite is looking sweeeeet

8. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yup, even if you dont like the iphone you have to appreciate the mac os. If it wasnt for gaming i would use it permanently. Luckily, i have a hackintosh going on my second ssd drive :)

5. HASHTAG unregistered

Victor, do you really think we're that stupid to not know how this will work? But it's good to see Apple finally have this feature.

11. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

The magic words for this event are: Catch Up. Period.

6. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol not to troll, but the icon even looks a bit like OneDrive... Also, OneDrive is available on all of the above platforms, integrated into Microsoft Office, integrated into Windows' file system (!), and integrated into WP. I hope our fellow iPhone users realize there is this option out there as well.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I love Windows 8.1, i also love Windows Phone 8.1 but for a smartphone it's not enough for me anymore, i'm gonna buy the Galaxy S5 and i love that Microsoft has a OneDrive app in the Play Store :)

10. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I have no issues with that; at least you were open enough to try it and have come to realize that you want other things out of your smartphone. Our choices should be guided by preferences and needs, not loyalties. So, good luck with that S5 and I hope it works well for you!

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Showing loyality to a corporation is like letting the wolves watch over the unsuspected barnyard animals...

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

NSA will love this.

14. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm glad that Apple is adding features such as these to iOS & Mac. They all look like I've seen them somewhere before though...

15. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

couldnt help but notice the didnt say i could sync documents between my ipad, windows pc and android phone. google drive on the other hand....

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

5 GB for free with iCloud, whereas Google Drive you get 15 GB free. iCloud you can get 20 GB for $1 a month, with Google Drive $2 will get you 100 GB per month (5x) for just $1 more. Apple has yet to set a price for 1 TB of data, Google has it at $10 monthly. And yet people will brag about iCloud being better than anything else out there simply because it's from Apple even though you're paying more and getting less.

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