Apple has long advertised iCloud as being a cloud storage platform for iPhone, iPad and Mac, butÂ it has never had a front-facing file management system like its main competitors in Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. iCloud Drive is about to change that, making the service a much more competitive offering in the cloud storage space.
Apple is set to release its highly-anticipated iOS 8 software update for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models this afternoon, but there is one important recommendation that those upgrading should keep in mind: it is probably in your best interest to avoid enabling iCloud Drive on iOS 8 for the near future. Find out the reason why ahead.
Security has become a big focus for Apple, and rightly so. In early September, following a major hacking incident that involved iCloud, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would be cracking down, implementing new protocols for securing information. He reiterated as much in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.
In June, during WWDC 2014, Apple officially revealed that the company would be changing their pricing scheme for iCloud, including more storage for cheaper monthly price tags. Those prices were revealed on September 9, during the media event.
In early July, it was reported that Apple would be gearing up to add iCloud Drive to the iCloud website, the portal available through a web browser to access content stored in the iCloud storage. That has been confirmed to be the case.
In addition to overhauling its website with new information pertaining to the just announced iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay mobile payments initiative, Apple has posted its new iCloud storage plans and pricing tiers for each. The plans range between 5 GB of storage for free to 1 TB of storage for $19.99 per month.Â
In the beginning of September, Apple was hit with quite a bit of bad news, especially tied to iCloud and security following a massive compromise of celebrity photographs. The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, came forward and said that several different steps for users when it comes to security would be implemented soon, including alerts for when accounts are accessed, two-step verification, and more.
Tim Cook: Apple to add security alerts, two-step verification to cover access to iCloud accounts from iOS device
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook hasÂ said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the company will take additional steps to avoid theÂ hacking incident,Â which resulted inÂ the leaking of nudeÂ celebrity photos on the internet.Â
Apple has been experiencing nothing shortÂ of a PR nightmare since last weekend, when nude celebrity photos allegedly sourced from hacked iCloud accounts began surfacing on the anonymous image sharing board 4Chan. After commenting that it was actively investigating the matter, the iPhone maker followed up with a statement claiming that the celebrity photo leaks were a “very targeted attack” and not the direct result of an iCloud breach.
One of the tent pole announcements at this year’s WWDC conference was iCloud Drive, which broadens the reach of iCloud, and opens it up to any documents or files that someone might want to store in the cloud, and offer it up in an easier-than-ever methodology with easy folders accessible from any iCloud-connected device. For non-Mac users, though, it’s not all bad news.