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
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