GET TO GRIPS WITH iCLOUD
ma ster FILE SYNCING, Bac kups & security
The cloud is brilliant. It’s brilliant because we’ve long left behind the days where that single copy of your amazing manuscript vanished forever when the sole disk it was on got eaten by a ravenous and rabid Mac. It’s brilliant because that ideal of always having your documents available – whatever device you happen to have to hand – is reliant only on you having internet connectivity. And it’s brilliant in the world of Apple because iCloud is baked deep into the heart of every Mac, iPhone, and iPad, along with a huge range of apps and services.
But the cloud is also infuriating. It’s infuriating because it can be confusing to newcomers. It’s infuriating because things can go horribly wrong, even when you think you’re an old hand at this kind of thing. And it’s infuriating because sometimes iCloud just doesn’t do what you’d expect it to, no matter how many times you stare menacingly at your device’s display.
The idea of this feature is to come at iCloud sideways. For key areas of working with Mac and iOS – storage, Photos, files and folders, and backing up – we look at how iCloud is meant to work, and then what you have to do to actually make it work. We also have some bite-sized tips about working with iCloud in the Apple apps that heavily utilise the system for synchronising data.