Make iOS more like OS X


When it came to mak­ing an op­er­at­ing sys­tem for the iPhone and the iPad, Ap­ple chose a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion than it did for the Mac: a much sim­pler in­ter­face and a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

This con­trol makes iOS a fast, safe and rel­a­tively trou­ble-free en­vi­ron­ment. The prob­lem is that it comes at the ex­pense of some pow­er­ful fea­tures. Un­like OS X, you have no di­rect ac­cess to files. In­stead you have to ac­cess them from in­side apps.

The first thing you should do is get your files into Ap­ple’s iCloud Drive sys­tem. Trans­fer­ring files to iCloud Drive makes them ac­ces­si­ble across all iCloud Driveen­abled apps, in­clud­ing all of Ap­ple’s iWork apps and Mi­crosoft’s Of­fice suite.

In the up­com­ing iOS 9 you’ll be able to ac­ti­vate an iCloud Drive app by go­ing to Set­tings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and switch­ing on ’Show on Home Screen‘. This in­stalls the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone or iPad’s Home screen, which is much more like us­ing Fin­der in OS X.

If this isn’t enough, then you should in­ves­ti­gate re­mote ac­cess soft­ware, which en­ables you to view and con­trol your Mac from an iPhone or iPad. Par­al­lels Ac­cess ( is the best of the bunch, be­cause it for­mats OS X and its apps to fit per­fectly on the smaller iOS screen, and it has a great in­ter­face. It costs £13.99 per year. For a free so­lu­tion, search for Google’s Chrome Re­mote Desk­top in the App Store on your iOS de­vice, and in­stall Chrome and the cor­re­spond­ing ex­ten­sion ( 1hBQfFp) on your Mac.

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