iCloud Beta (Home, web screenshot 001)

As we count down the remaining days until the September 17 public release of iOS 8, Apple is busy updating a beta version of the iCloud web interface with a pair of newly-added web applications: iCloud Drive and Settings.

iCloud Drive is especially interesting as a web-based fronted for Apple’s file-hosting service which can be accessed through a desktop web browser on any Internet-connected computer.

Though not as fully-featured as, say, Dropbox‘s web interface, iCloud Drive provides basic features to manage that cloud-based storage of yours, browse the file structure, as well as add, remove and download files.

Both web applications are available after logging in to beta.icloud.com.

With the iCloud Drive web app, you can browse the file structure of your cloud-based storage. iCloud Drive will be used extensively by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite apps that incorporate the iCloud document picker.

iCloud Beta (iCloud Drive, web screenshot 001)

You can open an individual app’s folder (like Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Preview and so forth) to access documents, download or upload files whenever you want and delete individual documents or whole folders on a whim.

Pretty sweat, I must say.

My only wish is that there was a custom right-click menu for iCloud Drive.

iCloud Beta (iCloud Drive, web screenshot 002)

The Settings application is even more interesting.

This is where you’ll find an overview of all your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac devices that are signed in to iCloud and running iOS 8 or Yosemite, all listed conveniently in one place.

iCloud Beta (Settings, web screenshot 001)

In addition to changing language/time zone, data restoration/resetting, Family Sharing details and managing your Apple ID (like before), the Settings app includes the new ability to sign out of all browsers that are currently signed in to your iCloud account.

iCloud Beta (Settings, web screenshot 002)

This is actually a much-appreciated security feature that should come in handy in case someone has potentially messed with your iCloud account and data, when you’ve accidentally stayed logged in to iCloud on a friend’s or public computer and more.

Note that new iCloud storage plans are now available starting $0.99 per month for the 20GB tier and going all the way up to $19.99 per month for the flagship 1TB tier.

[iCloud Beta]

  • John Wolf

    September 17th*

    • Yup, fixed. Thanks for the heads-up!

      • John Wolf

        Most welcome 🙂 Thanks for the good articles BTW!

      • jabohn

        You might want to correct “pretty sweat” as well!

  • kespiritu

    Will the iOS8 GM have a different build number than the public release? And if the public version is released tom and I have the GM version, will I have to restore my phone to the actual public release? Or is there no difference between the GM and public release.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      You will have to restore to public version through iTunes or OTA update ( it will be a 1.9GB download for i5s or any other iPhone ipsw file size. )

      • kespiritu

        Are you saying the public version will have last minute bug fixes, enhancements, etc?

      • 8.0.1 should be released soon after anyway, within a week or two I would assume. Could be as early as sept 19th. That has additional fixes that were caught after the phones were installed with IOS 8.

      • Kr00

        Not necessarily. When iOS 7 made its public release, it had a different build number to the GM released only a week earlier and those who installed the GM had to reinstall to the later public build.

    • Noah

      If you install the GM, when 8.0.1 comes out you’ll be able to update as usual – OTA or via iTunes.

  • Laurel Natale

    Do I get the 64GB iPhone 6 or do I get the 16GB and iCloud? Any one know the better option here?

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      64 iPhone 6

    • Depends what you use your iPhone for. If your like me and have an iPhone 5s 32gb with only 2-3gb space left I’d opt for the 64gb…

    • Osama Muhammed

      As for a gamer and app-obsessed guy i’d choose 64GB, better option is 32GB iphone and 16gb icloud

  • JFK fy

    Pretty sweat? Think you mean pretty sweet.

    • Sweat can be pretty too just most of the time it isn’t

  • Seems great. The only improvement I could think of would be the ability to create a shared link…

  • asdlb4

    “Though not as fully-featured as, say, Dropbox‘s web interface…” But twice the price…

    • Is Dropbox in beta?…No…Then there you go…

  • Mike

    It seems apple dropped the ball yet again. I will not be purchasing their cloud service with too many free choices out there. If they were serious about this there would be a free 5GB (at least) option to wet our beaks. I’m disappointed.

    • Kamran Mackey

      Dude, are you stupid? You still get 5 GB free.

      • Mike

        No need to get nasty, junior. Calm down before you make a doodie in your pants.

      • Kr00

        But he’s right. There’s been 5 GB free for more than a year now. I think you owe someone an apology.

  • coLin

    Shame that iPhone/iPad doesn’t have a Finder like app (or iFile) but now they will be getting a cloud drive….hmm

  • Kieran

    Will we see a dedicated iCloud drive app?

  • Yunik

    Can anybody tell me where can I access the photos stored in icloud photo library from my iPad with ios 8, from my macbook with Yosemite, and from pc

  • Daniel Maia

    pretty sweat -> pretty sweet*

  • They’ve had the ability to sign out of all browsers by the way.