iCloud Drive is Apple’s cloud based storage system that allows users to safely store, sync, and update all their data across all Apple devices and Windows. All files can easily be access from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.
Up until Apple released the iCloud Drive, all iDevice files were held in their respective apps. This meant that a file created by one app could only be opened in another app by first saving it in a different folder and then opening them.
With iCloud Drive, Apple has offered a middle man between all apps. It’s like a shared folder where all your files (across any and every app) appear in one place allowing any app to access any associated file directly from the iCloud drive.
Furthermore, all your devices will be updated whenever you make changes to any file on any device.
What can you do with your iCloud Drive? All of the following:
- Store and access all of your data from any of your devices in a single place.
- Work on the same file across multiple devices and apps.
- Keep your data and folder organization up to date across all your devices.
- Create or add new folders and files from anywhere via iCloud-enabled apps.
What are the requirements for subscribing to, and using iCloud Drive?
You will need to upgrade your iOS on all devices, it will either be an iOS 8 or the OS X Yosemite. Here are the device-device details and subscription requirements:
- You’ll need iOS8 for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- OS X Yosemite for Mac.
- For PC, you’ll need Windows 7 or later with iCloud for Windows installed.
- An active Internet connection.
- A browser — this means Firefox 22 or above, Safari 6 or above, or Google Chrome 28 or above.
Once you have updated your iOS, you will also need to update the iWork apps, including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to the latest versions.