iOS 10 Wishlist: Improved iCloud Drive and Document Picker

iCloud Drive

Ever since Apple launched the iPhone, one feature that has made it to our wish list is a file manager like Finder in OS X.

In iOS 8, Apple introduced iCloud Drive and a revamped Document Picker, which allowed users to access files created using other apps. It was an improvement over Documents in the Cloud, and gave us hope that Apple was warming up to bring desktop-like file management capabilities to iOS.

In iOS 9, I was thrilled when Apple included an app for iCloud Drive, but my excitement was short lived as it wasn’t the file manager I was wishing for. It is too barebones compared to Finder in OS X. iOS 9 thankfully allows us to save or attach any type of file in emails. Though I haven’t figured out why there is a “Done” button as tapping on it doesn’t save the attachment. You have to use the “Export to this location” to save an attachment.

You still have app-specific directories, and opening files from another app is still a very cumbersome and non-intuitive as you need to navigate to the directory and use the “Export to this location”.

You also can’t rename files in iOS. Constraints like these made it impossible for me to use the iPad Pro as a replacement for my MacBook Pro.

Here are some of the features that I hope iOS 10 will bring to iCloud Drive and Document Picker:

  • We should have folders based on the type of document, so it is accessible by apps that support that document type, instead of having app-specific folders. That would reduce the need to export files to another app folder and greatly reduce the unnecessary duplication of files.
  • The ability to open a file in iCloud Drive using another app that supports that file type just like the “Open With” feature in Finder in OS X. It would reduce the complexity of exporting files to the app’s folder and then opening it from within the app.
  • Ability to rename files.
iOS 10 - iCloud Drive app for iPad

Credit: MacStories

  • The ability to share photos, videos, and links to any other app without the need of the developer having to implement the feature. The idea behind the Share and Action extensions in iOS 8 was great, but it has taken a long time for developers to add support for it. It should be available natively as part of the operating system like Android. For example, we wouldn’t have to wait for 7 months for WhatsApp to add support for the Share extension to share share photos, videos, and links right to WhatsApp from other apps.
  • The ability to view deleted and previous versions of our files for 30 days like Dropbox.

What do you think? What else do you want to see in iOS 10? Let me know in the comments below.

Our Wishlist for iOS 10 so far