iCloud gets a makeover with a revamped look and quality-of-life upgrades
After updates from iOS, iPadOSAnd macOSIt’s now iCloud’s turn, as Apple redesigns its website and introduces a variety of new features.
It’s not a complete overhaul iCloud mind you, because the quick widgets from last year’s update are still there. The difference this time is that users can do more with it. You can now “customize what you see in Tiles,” from choosing a specific folder in the Notes app on your iPhone to picking out your favorite photos. It is even possible to display multiple layouts of the same tile on the front page.
Changes in the quality of life
Quick Actions are then added, allowing you to do things like mark reminders as completed or flag a particular email. You can perform this by hovering over your files on iCloud and then selecting the three dots that appear to reveal the menu. Apple says “on a touch device” just swipe left. If you are a PC user, you can now also receive email and calendar notifications for incoming emails or event invitations.
Everything described so far was for the homepage. You’ll see more as you dive into each of the iCloud tools.
Most changes are nice quality of life upgrades that make your life a little easier. For iCloud Mail, you can now attach files to messages directly from your storage and unsend recently sent emails before they reach the recipient’s inbox.
Calendar won’t change much, but it will gain identity control to hide the email addresses others see in event invitations. Additionally, Apple lets people use their custom email domain to combine their “Calendar and Mail identities” into one.
For Photos, you get two new ways to enjoy your photos. There’s the Memories tool that views your images in full screen, similar to what Google Photos has on its platform. And you have Slideshow, which, as the name suggests, lets you view a selection of images in slideshow format.
Finally, Notes receives several changes. The most notable two are Shared Folder for collaborating with others on a specific notes file and Enhanced Search. The latter allows you to refine search results “based on categories such as shared notes” or tags.
That’s about it for the major upgrades. The update is currently live. All you have to do is log in and iCloud will then take you through a quick tour of the redesigned layout.
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