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iCloud

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Name
iCloud
Release Date
October 2011

Features

• Sync All Photos Across All Apple Devices
• Securely Store All Contact Information
• Keep All Your Files with iCloud Drive
• Locate Your Devices and Friends with Find My App
• Efficient Working Experience with iWork

Description

iCloud is where you'll be storing all your data from pictures to emails. Don't worry about needing to keep everything safe because on iCloud, everything is backed up for you. With great apps like Photos, Find My and more, iCloud is the all-in-one service bundle for you.

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Overview

iCloud is the name for Apple's collection of cloud-based services. From contact lists to photos, iCloud stores all your information in one space, so you won't need to worry about your Apple devices' storage.

iCloud is comprised of several individual apps you may be familiar with. Photos, Contacts, and Find My are just a few of the apps that make up iCloud. You can find all of them stored on your iCloud account. This way, you won't have to worry about losing any of your data.

You also get access to iWork. iWork is a bundle of apps designed to be used in the workplace. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote make up this group of apps; they each do something different for your professional work.

iCloud also saves your other Apple apps' data automatically. When you transfer photos, videos, and other files to a new device, you won't lose any of your previous information.

By using iCloud, not only do you save space on your devices, but you can also access them from anywhere. As long as you have an internet connection, you can view your files just by accessing the same apps.

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iCloud Apps

As mentioned before, iCloud is comprised of several apps. Each of these has a different function. They work together to make a convenient and efficient workspace for Apple users.

Here's a rundown of the apps that iCloud offers and what their functionalities are.

Photos

Perhaps the most used app on this list, iCloud syncs all your photos across all your Apple products. From the pictures' geo-tagging to any captions you add, iCloud saves it all for your other devices.

Take a photo on your iPhone, and you can access it on your iPad, and vice versa. Then, just by keeping them synced to your iCloud account, you can easily access all your photos from your MacBook.

Any edits you then make on any device are saved across all devices. Maybe you prefer editing photos on your iPad or your MacBook. Once you're done editing, access your Photos app on iPhone for convenient sharing on social media.

It can be a hassle to manually transfer all your photos and videos from one device to another. Thankfully, with iCloud's Photos app, you won't have to do that. Everything is stored in one app, accessible across all devices.

Contacts

Yet another vital app, the Contacts app, keep all your friends and acquaintances' contact information in one place. So, you won't need your iPhone to find someone's number.

The Contacts app is most useful when you get a new device. We're often afraid of losing our old contacts' information when buying a new iPhone or iPad. With iCloud syncing, you have all the old contact information saved into the new Contacts app.

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive keeps all your files stored in one place. From videos to documents, iCloud Drive is the all-in-one database for everything you want.

Simply upload files onto your iCloud account, and they'll be stored there. This way, you can save space on your device. But you can also access your files more quickly, even if you're not on your personal devices. Log in to iCloud.com, and you'll find everything you need there.

Easy to use and extremely helpful, you can store everything on iCloud Drive. Never worry about missing a file again when you have this service.

Find My

The Find My app provides a valuable service to Apple users: tracking. Whenever something is lost, use the Find My app to locate it.

By syncing all your devices to a single iCloud account, you can track them all should you lose anything. Log in to your account and use the app's map function to find your device's location. Then, you can track it down and recover it.

You can also use the Find My app to locate your contacts if they have location sharing on. For example, suppose you and your friends are at the mall and are going to different stores. In that case, turn on "Sharing Location" to ensure that everyone's location is shared across your friend group.

iWork

iWork is three apps: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Each of these apps provides a specific function that makes up an efficient and interconnected workspace.

The Pages app is for your documents. You can take notes and write through Pages.
The Numbers app is for your spreadsheets. Through charts, diagrams, and spreadsheets, Numbers is useful for organizing data collection in a presentable way.

The Keynote app is for making presentations. With a variety of transitions and effects, you can make your presentations clean or flashy. Keynote also provides intuitive designs and themes for your slideshows.

Others

iCloud also includes the Mail, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Settings apps.

The information saved from these apps is updated across all devices linked with your Apple ID account. That means the words you write on Notes, the appointments you make on Calendar, or the adjustments you make on Settings will all be transferable between devices.

With all these apps, iCloud indeed does it all. You can be confident that none of your work will be lost and access it all at any time.

iCloud Pricing

For a cloud-based service, iCloud is relatively inexpensive considering its capabilities. Of course, every Apple ID account comes with 5GB of free space, but that's far too little for almost anyone. If you're considering using iCloud seriously, there are three plans available for you.

  • 50GB: $0.99 per month
  • 200GB: $2.99 per month
  • 2TB: $9.99 per month


For the average user, 50GB or 200GB will be enough. While you might not store everything on iCloud, you can keep most of your documents and files there easily and quickly with a click of a button.

With that kind of plan, you could use iCloud just for work, for example. Store all your office documents and files in one place to access them easily at home, just as you would at your workplace.

You can upgrade or downgrade your iCloud storage plan at any time.

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