Apple iCloud Drive Announced at WWDC ’14 to Sync Files Across Devices – Windows-Compatible!
Today at Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple kept its focus on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. Apart from these two major attractions, Apple didn't forget to throw some other important updates and new introductions, particularly Apple iCloud Drive.
Apple iCloud Drive:
Very much Dropbox-like, Apple has finally gone up ahead to fight with the popular cloud file storing service Dropbox as it aimed before to do so with the iCloud. iCloud Drive will help users sync files between their Macs, iPhones, and the iPads. iCloud Drive seems to be useful as each app you use gets its own folder inside the Drive. You can access these through Finder.
"We all now that docs in the cloud provides a convenient way for working on something across platforms. But now with iCloud Drive all of those docs are accessible from within the Finder." - Craig Federighi
Apple has also made iCloud Drive compatible with Windows helping you sync across OS X, iOS, and Windows. Which may have been a tactic to attract Dropbox users but it doesn't look like if this would happen. While Apple users will definitely love iCloud Drive as it helps syncing files between different devices, it won't be able to get Google Drive or Dropbox users. It would also not happen as iCloud Drive costs much more than the other options.
iCloud Drive with its contextual menu floating above your apps in iOS 8 and apparent system wide integration through out different devices will surely make Apple fans happy!
- Relevant WWDC '14 posts to read today:
- Apple to Unveil Smart Home at WWDC – Fail?
- Right Before WWDC Apple Manages to Get the 5th Spot at ‘Fortune 500′!
- Apple Unveils Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite at WWDC 2014 with Brand New Features
- Apple Unveils iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod at the WWDC 2014 Keynote
- Water Artwork Used in iOS 8 Banner Discovered on a Website