Apple officially merges iCloud Documents into iCloud Drive

by admin, Monday, 9 May 2022 (3 months ago)

As early as May last year, Apple announced that it would merge ICloud service “documents and data” in iCloud Drive in May 2022. Now, the company’s latest report reveals that this merger has been completed. Yesterday, it was updated support document that users who have previously used iCloud Documents & Data to sync files between devices will do so now you need to enable iCloud Drive to view their files.


Apple provides instructions and minimum system requirements for iCloud Drive on iOS, Mac, and in a support document. The vast majority of iCloud users already have an active iCloud Drive, so this will not affect them. However, users who had an iCloud account before the release of iCloud Drive in 2014 but it was never activated, now you need to re-enable it to access the relevant files.

When users switch to iCloud Drive, iCloud’s busy storage capacity will not change. The iCloud “Documents and Data” service will store data synchronized with the cloud in a folder of a specific application. It will also allow access to data only from this application. Additionally, with the advancement of iCloud Drive, users can now access all the files in one place. This includes the Files app on iOS / iPadOS, the iCloud Drive on macOS Finder, and the Web.


IPhone iCloud Keychain adds support for “Master Key” – can be authenticated with a second device

Thanks to the latest additions to the FIDO standard, a future without a password can be more convenient. Apple calls it Passkeys in the iCloud Keychain. Proposal means that users can automatically log in to a secure site. Interestingly, connecting is now as simple as owning a second Apple device.


In 2020, Apple backed FIDO (Fast Identity Online) and announced last year that it was testing it. The company calls the Passkeys app the iCloud Keychain, but it’s just another name for FIDO.

How FIDO will work has been explained before:

“The FIDO Alliance’s recommendation is that trusted devices should replace passwords. This will work in much the same way that Apple uses two-factor authentication (2FA) for Apple devices. When you try to sign in to a new Apple device with your Apple ID, the company sends a password to a trusted device, which is then entered by the user.

In Apple systems, this is an additional step, but the FIDO consortium hopes to replace passwords with a similar approach – and without the need to enter a password.

For example, if a user tries to sign in to a website on an iPhone, the user will only need to enter the username and then send an authentication request to the user’s other registered devices, such as the Apple Watch. Users can simply click to authorize. Similarly, when accessing a service on a Mac, the user will be able to authorize approvals on the iPhone – and so on. “

Basic key enhancements to the iCloud Keychain

Pressing an Apple Watch or iPhone to authorize a connection is already much better than entering a password. However, the latest proposal even wants to eliminate these actions.

“The FIDO White Paper also includes a proposal to supplement its specifications to allow a user’s existing device, such as a laptop, to function as a stand-alone device, similar to a standalone device with Bluetooth authentication. providing physical authentication. The idea is that since Bluetooth is a proximity-based protocol, it is still actually phishing-resistant.

In other words, it’s exactly the same way you unlock your Mac or iPhone with your Apple Watch. It’s just like the iPhone unlocking the Apple Watch. The user does not need any additional verification as the identity has already been confirmed by unlocking the first device.

So when a user logs on to a site on a Mac, for example, it checks if the iPhone or Apple Watch is within Bluetooth range and, if so, lets it in without taking any action.

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