The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

“For me, a perfect world in terms of productivity at the office as well as at home would reside exclusively around Apple products,” Rob Renkman writes for iPad Insight. “Macs became my computer of choice early on in my life based on their ease of use. This fineness for Apple products also extended to iPhones and eventually iPads. ”

“Unfortunately, though, I don’t have a choice when it comes to my tech at the office. I have worked for the government for close to twenty years now, and we are even less likely to have new and/or progressive tech at our disposal,” Renkman writes. “Luckily, with the addition of iCloud Drive a couple of years ago, I’m not as restricted as I once was. With a simple internet connection I have access to my other iCloud synched devices via my browser window.”

It “all started to change for me the last time I upgraded my iCloud storage plan to 50GB,” Renkman writes. “This was where I really started to take advantage of iCloud Drive–especially with the edition of my iPad Pro.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple should really do some ads that show the seamlessness of things like iCloud Drive and Continuity.

Perhaps something as simple people addressing the camera and saying things that pretty much everyone can understand, such as “When I bookmark something on my Mac, it’s automatically on my iPhone and iPad, too,” “When I delete an email on my iPhone, it’s automatically deleted on my Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch, too,” “When I message with my iPhone, it’s all automatically on my Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch, too,” and “When I create a document on my iPad, it’s automatically on my iPhone and Mac, too.”

These are very simple concepts to those who understand, but we’d reckon that 90% of the world just doesn’t get it. These are the types of advantages and ease-of-use that only Apple offers. They should let the general public know about them in clear, simple terms.

More info about how to use Continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch here.


  1. iPad Pro 12.9 is… frustrating. I love it, I get frustrated trying to really use it. I think I want it to be something that it’s not and so I bounce back and forth between my iMac and iPad hoping for that complete laptop ability. Not going to happen. iPad Pro is an eReader that’s it. A great eReader.

    1. @AppleUsedToThinkDifferrent
      iPads and the large iPad Pro are not total laptop replacements.
      They never were.
      These are companion devices that use a more limited mobile OS that does not operate like a full blown desktop/laptop OS.
      That stated, I DO use my iPad Pro, more or less, like a laptop, creative drawing tablet, artist’s sketchbook/idea book and concept/ideation creation device, as well as a cheaper alternative visual drawing tablet (a lower priced Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet) alongside my iMac.
      You CAN do REAL work on an iPad if you stick with this iDevice/iOS paradigm.
      I consider myself an iPad user (not an iPhone user, at all) and have been extensively using iPads as a laptop-like replacement since the first iPad in 2010.
      I have just started taking more advantage of iCloud storage and other mobile external data storage devices, as well.

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