Apple’s slowly improved iCloud since it transitioned from MobileMe, but this year its getting a serious upgrade. On stage at WWDC 2104, Apple’s SVP of Software Craig Federighi introduced us to a better way to manage files with the new iCloud Drive. With Drive, all of your iCloud files are available right inside Finder, letting you access documents and media wherever you are on your Mac. Because they’re on iCloud, they’re automatically auto-synced across devices and are fully searchable and taggable. You will, of course, need OS X Yosemite to take advantage of the feature, but Apple hopes you’ll ditch Dropbox and Google Drive for iCloud Drive’s deep OS support.
Switching to Mail, Apple’s aiming to put things right with the inconsistent app that shipped with Mavericks. In Yosemite, expect to enjoy better syncing, fast message fetching and better file support. With this in mind, Apple’s taken inspiration from Mac apps like Sparrow and Airmail and launched MailDrop, a new feature that addresses a “fundamental problem with email” by letting you send large files (up to 5GB) over email via iCloud. If you’ve sent a large file in the past, you might have encountered a bounce message, Apple’s overcoming that by hosting the file on your behalf — Mac users get the file without clicking, other clients can get to it through the link.
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