iCloud Drive: Apple’s Newest Bid To Annihilate Dropbox and Google Drive
This year’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference) brought a ton of exciting news from Apple. From new versions pending for both iOS and OS X, to smart-home integration with Apple products, this year’s conference was a smashing hit with both industry professionals and end users alike.
One announcement in particular is sure to signal a welcome addition to the cloud community: iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive is a cloud-oriented service designed to allow you to work on and save data and files in the cloud for access and use over a much wider range of devices.
Granted, iCloud itself is not new, in fact it was first introduced in 2011 as Apple’s answer to popular cloud storage entities like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. However, while this past goal may not have been realized, this new bid just might be the answer they have been looking for.
How, you may ask? Let’s take a look!
One of the chief selling points of iCloud Drive is that files saved to it can be accessed from virtually any device. This includes not only Apple operating systems, such as iOS and OS X, but also Windows-driven devices. While Android and Windows Mobile do not yet have coverage, this might be something you see added down the line.
iCloud Drive has a substantial leg up over its predecessor, in that it will be fully integrated into both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The chief benefit of this is that everything will be fully melded into one entity, rather than being forced to download and install extra apps for the same purpose. This will allow Apple to edge out competitors like Box, Google Drive or Dropbox, given that services they provide will already be present.
Does iCloud Drive sound like enough of an innovation for you to forsake existing services like Dropbox and Google Drive? Let us know in the Comments section below!