The French media team MacGeneration was the first to see a change in Apple’s support documents that can result in an announcement: the company will unify and simplify document storage in iCloud within a year, starting in May 2022.
In one year, all in iCloud Drive folders
To understand the change, you need to clearly differentiate two services:
- On the one hand, we have ICloud reader
- On the other hand, we have “ICloud Documents and Data”, which is the service through which you can share an iWork document but not save it to the iCloud Drive folder. It is hardly used anymore, but it is possible that an app that has not been updated for a long time is also using it to store its own information and sync it between devices without it being reflected in the folders. iCloud Drive.
The change will mean that all apps that save data to iCloud will have their own folder in iCloud Drive (which can be hidden so as not to disturb, by the way), unifying all protocols and facilitate the work of developers
As a user, you don’t have to do anything. In a year, you might see how additional data appears in iCloud Drive as a result of this migration, but since it was already there, shouldn’t involve sudden storage issues. Gradually, iCloud Drive is becoming an optional add-on to something almost essential for all of us who use Apple devices.
Remember that for iCloud Drive to work properly, you need to enable it on all your devices and have sufficient storage space in iCloud.