Apple to simplify and unify data storage in iCloud Drive by May 2022.
The team of the French media MacGeneration has been the first to notice a change in Apple’s support documents that can be translated into an announcement: the company is going to unify and simplify the storage of documents in iCloud within a year, starting in May 2022.
To understand the change we must differentiate between two services:
- iCloud Drive is the folder integrated into all our devices where we can save everything we want with the only limitation of the available storage we have in iCloud.
- iCloud Documents and Data is the service through which you can share an iWork document but without it being saved in the iCloud Drive folder. It is hardly used anymore, but it is possible that some application that has not been updated for some time also uses it to store its information and synchronize it between devices without it being reflected in iCloud Drive folders.
The change will mean that all applications that store data in iCloud will have their folder in iCloud Drive (which can be hidden so as not to disturb, by the way), unifying all protocols and facilitating the work of developers.
As a user, you don’t have to do anything. In a year, you might see additional data appear in iCloud Drive as a result of this migration, but as they were already there that should not imply sudden storage problems. Little by little, iCloud Drive is turning from 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 must have it enabled on all your devices and have enough storage available in iCloud.