Master Ap­ple’s online stor­age and ser­vices

Flex­i­ble, friendly and free… Ap­ple’s online ser­vice is fi­nally all grown up. Here’s how to get the most out of it on iOS and OS X

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Nik Rawl­in­son Il­lus­tra­tion: Paul Blach­ford

Ap­ple's iCloud is one of the sim­plest, best value and most flex­i­ble online ser­vices go­ing. It’s more than just a space to store your files, but a se­ries of apps, a ro­bust com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem and an ever-ex­pand­ing set of fea­tures that en­hance our daily lives as Mac and iOS users, wher­ever we are in the world. Get­ting here has seemed a long, hard slog, though – with sev­eral false starts.

Ap­ple’s in­no­va­tive eWorld ser­vice lasted less than two years, Mo­bile Me was poorly re­ceived, and iCloud, Mo­bile Me’s even­tual re­place­ment, didn’t seem to of­fer that much at launch. But now it’s the thing that binds the iPhone, iPad and Mac to­gether, and with the ad­vent of Ap­ple Watch it un­der­pins a vast range of un­der-the-hood ser­vices that we barely even think about. Set a re­minder through Siri and it’s sent over iCloud. Plan a route in Maps on your Mac and iCloud sends di­rec­tions to your iPhone – and ul­ti­mately to your Watch. Use Hand­off to move work be­tween de­vices and your iCloud ac­count is in­stru­men­tal in au­then­ti­cat­ing which of those nearby are owned by you. iCloud also silently makes your iTunes and App Store down­loads avail­able on all your de­vices, syncs your iBooks page turns, and man­ages web­site ac­counts in a key­chain.

Over these 11 pages we’ll be look­ing at ev­ery iCloud fea­ture in de­tail to help you get the most out of them.

iCloud binds the iPhone, iPad and Mac, and with the ad­vent of Ap­ple Watch it un­der­pins many ser­vices we barely think about

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