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fter the re­cent celebrity photo-hack­ing scan­dal, the Daily Mail ran an ar­ti­cle ex­plain­ing what iCloud is. The pa­per was mocked on Twit­ter for say­ing that iCloud is “not an ac­tual cloud”, but I think it’s not a com­pletely ridicu­lous thing to say; for lots of us, the idea of ‘the cloud’ or ‘cloud com­put­ing’ (not in­ter­change­able terms, in­ci­den­tally) is a bit neb­u­lous and hard to get to grips with. A bit like a cloud, re­ally. In­deed, Ap­ple’s re­cent an­nounce­ment of iCloud Drive has only con­fused things fur­ther, be­cause while it com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing iCloud ser­vices, it’s also quite dif­fer­ent. It’s much more like Drop­box or Google Drive – but even that doesn’t tell you the whole story.

So there­fore, in this is­sue, we delve deep into iCloud Drive in OS X 10.10 Yosemite (and how it re­lates to iOS 8) to ex­plain it clearly with­out ref­er­ence to me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal phe­nom­ena – but that’s not all. We also take a close look at iCloud Drive’s com­peti­tors so you can de­cide what the per­fect mix of cloud ser­vices is for you.

I’ve run out of space to tell you about the other ter­rific stuff we’ve got in this is­sue, but you have another hun­dredodd pages to come to dis­cover it all!

AEdi­tor-in-Chief ed­i­tor@macfor­mat.com

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