iCloud has been available on the web for a long time, but you may not have rushed to use it given a basic and sometimes clunky interface. However, you might have a reason to give it another look. Apple has introduced an iCloud beta web client that presents a lot more information at a glance, with a customizable tile layout that reflects your priorities. It’s easier to switch between apps with launchers on the home page and menu bar, and you can quickly start tasks (such as writing emails or adding calendar events ) through another menu option.
The redesign also improves access to iCloud+ features like custom email domains and Hide My Email. And if you’re panicking about lost information, a “data recovery” tool will help you recover bookmarks, calendars, contacts, and iCloud Drive files deleted in the last 30 days. With the exception of iCloud Drive, you can restore from specific points in time. Some features still need to be controlled through Apple hardware, including Family Sharing, HomeKit Secure Video, and Private Relay.
Apple hasn’t said when the new iCloud web interface might leave beta testing. We’ve asked the company for feedback and we’ll let you know if we have a response. However, the tech company is pitching this as an upgrade for customers whose only Apple product might be an iPhone – you can more easily access content and manage services through your Windows PC’s browser.
This redesign probably won’t persuade Android users to switch, and individual web apps haven’t changed much. The beta, however, may encourage you to stick with the Apple ecosystem. Combined with web access to services like Music and TV+, it also shows that Apple is eager to woo users who can’t (or simply won’t) run dedicated apps on their platforms. choice.