MacOS Catalina's iCloud Drive Delayed Until Next Year

Viswamitra Jayavant - Oct 11, 2019


MacOS Catalina's iCloud Drive Delayed Until Next Year

The ability to share folders and files between users is a highly anticipated and coveted new feature. Unfortunately, it's now delayed to Spring 2020.

One of the most highly anticipated features that Apple promised to roll out to all users with MacOS Catalina is the ability to share iCloud Drive’s folders and files between users. But according to information published by the company itself, Apple has decided to delay the release of the feature up until spring 2020.

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The Delayed Release

The new file-sharing feature will allow an iCloud user to share a folder with other people via a private link. Other people will also be given the ability to modify and add new files to the shared folders. You can definitely see just how useful this feature would be in an education or business background where data sharing is a critical part of the workflow. In the past, Mac users had to jump through many hoops just to give a folder or file stored in their iCloud to someone else. But for the most part, people will fall back into better cloud storage alternatives like Google Drive which, curiously, has had this feature for years. It’s one of the many reasons why Google’s systems and software are considerably more favored for school use.

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Google is far more preferred in schools and businesses due to the ease of use and the multitude of convenience it gives to students and enterprise users.

The iCloud Drive folder was added to iOS 13 during the beta phase but before anything could come to fruition, Apple pulled the plug and scrubbed it entirely from people’s hardware, citing problems during the testing phase of the new feature. When the company suddenly released MacOS Catalina on Monday, iCloud Drive didn’t appear, either.

Late To The Game

It’s quite a shame since the addition of such a power feature would allow iCloud to further compete with popular cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Though it will definitely not be the game-changer that can overthrow the two platforms, it will definitely provide iCloud with another edge to further compete and develop in the future.

Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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