ma ster FILE SYNC­ING, Bac kups & se­cu­rity

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by Craig Gran­nell

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.

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