Apple takes on Dropbox with iCloud Drive

Apple's Craig Federighi unveiled iCloud Drive as a new feature for OS X Yosemite during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. The feature lets users store files on iCloud, and sync them between their Macs and Windows PCs, much like Dropbox.

Apple's iCloud Drive offers Dropbox-like file sharing and syncingApple's iCloud Drive offers Dropbox-like file sharing and syncing

iCloud Drive documents appear in Finder windows without needing special apps, and it supports folders, too. If that sounds familiar, you probably already use Dropbox.

The new service addresses a long standing complaint about iCloud, which is that it has always been something of a black box feature where uses have no control over managing the files they store. Considering the directories needed for iCloud Drive have been on our Macs in previous versions of OS X, it's nice to see Apple finally giving us access to their contents.

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