Back in June, when Apple announced the new iCloud infrastructure, they also announced a feature called iCloud Drive which replaced the existing, opaque iCloud service with a new, much more transparent, container-based system. Basically every user gets his own container (something like a big folder) on Apple’s iCloud servers where he/she can store his/her files.
Now, with the release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has added the final missing piece of the puzzle: access to this container from your Mac. On Yosemite you get a special folder aptly named “iCloud Drive” that not only gives you access to the existing contents of your personal iCloud container, but also allows you to put your own content in it.
iCloud has been at the center of Apple’s ecosystem for a couple of years now. It’s very versatile and can serve as a handy storage solution for your photos and documents, as a sync service for contacts and calendars or as a database backend for your apps.
With the release of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, this is about to change. Back in June, Apple announced a new feature called iCloud drive that will replace the more limited iCloud we all know with a more open, Dropbox-like version of itself. iCloud Drive not only acts as a real drive on OS X, it also allows selective access to the same set of files for multiple apps (more on that later) on iOS.