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Apple announces iCloud Drive at WWDC 2014

Apple has announced iCloud Drive, showing off the Dropbox-esque cloud-based storage service during its WWDC 2014 keynote conference.

Landing alongside the new OS X Yosemite release, Apple iCloud Drive will let you store all manner of documents in the cloud, accessing them from all of your Apple-branded products, and even Windows-based machines.

Each application you use within iCloud Drive – so Keynote, Pages, Numbers and the like – gets its own folder within the interface which can be accessed directly through the Finder.

“We all know that docs in the cloud provides a convenient way for working on something across platforms,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering said during the WWDC unveiling. “But now with iCloud Drive all of those docs are accessible from within the Finder.”

He added: “Even better, you can store all your files however you want, and they’re syncing across Macs.”

Basically you’ll now get an online cloud hard-drive for your Apple devices, that lets you access all your content from multiple devices.

It works like any other folder on your Mac, as you can drag content in and out, create folders and even organise it with tags like you can with your local Mac content.

With iCloud Drive, you’ll get 5GB of storage for free, but if you want any more you’ll need to fork out for a monthly subscription. There’s no UK pricing as yet though.

American pricing though is as follows. For $0.99 a month, you’ll get 20GB and if you want 200GB you’ll pay $3.99 a month.

Apparently there are pricing tiers all the way up to 1TB, but these are the only pricing details Apple has released so far.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be available as a free download in the autumn.

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