Grooming your iOS 9 update | iCloud Drive App Configuration

iOS 9

My experience with Apple Beta testing.

Migrating from developer firmware builds to the official consumer release used to be a cumbersome process. Backup devices, DFU and devolve to the earlier version, (i.e. DFU installing 8.4.x, then migrating to the new version.

For the past 2 Developer cycles (<8<9) Apple has put some spit and polish into the beta testing phase of each .ipsw update. All 5 beta versions and the GM update were smooth, predictable and without incident. i6, Air2 and i5 completed the iOS 9 Developer trials. It was a solid evolution, except for some struggles in the Public Beta launch.

The point of having a beta test is to deploy code in as many devices as possible in as many different environments as possible and see what shake out and what doesn’t. The larger the pool of data, the propensity to have higher quality exists. With 5 beta rounds in the developer beta, and 3 for the public beta which also ran along side the El Capitan pre-release, iOS 9 should be another great Apple release. Just expect bumps along the road, like WatchOS2.

The iDevices

All 3 of my devices migrated to iOS 9…with data intact. This is something that Apple tells you…explicitly, that any data, like data point data from application use, or files or backups in the cloud can and will be wiped without warning or explanation. This actually happened once and humorously Apple decided to give the Developer Community a few hours notice of iCloud data wipe.

For a normal person…a reasonably smart person. Or not smart really. A reasonable person would have read all of the reading that needed to be read about the warning Apple gave about iCloud data, and only put test data in there.

Thinking this did not apply to me and it wouldn’t happen anyway, I started using the iCloud beta like it was ready for prime time. I could purposefully and consciously make the decision to place my data in a pre-release environment without a solution for an alternate repository in-mirror. I attribute the gift of wisdom to never need the files I’ve ever saved if that data got wiped, and I had it all hanging out in the beta.iCloud space.

I went to public school.

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Now you have a resource for cool things mobile right on your iPhone.

iCloudDrive App

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ICloud drive
So you have updated to iOS 9, successfully, and naturally you want it to do something new or cool.

The first thing I would do, is take advantage of the decision to allow the user to interface with the iCloudDrive space using a native application. However, the app isn’t set to deploy by default.

iCloudDrive is…or at least tries to be…the simple solution for media sync, cloud based storage expansion, backup and file store. Do yourself this favor:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll to iCloud Settings
  • Select iCloud Drive
  • Toggle ‘Show in home screen’


What the iCloudDrive App can do for you.

What the iCloudDrive App can do for you.

Like any app icon, the iCloudDrive app is there for the sake of appearances, but it does give you an idea of what the visual fils structure of your iCloud data looks like. Whenever app-data is allowed to be securely stored, documents will be containerized and catalogued in iCloudDrive space for your. Whenever you use an app that produces images, video, documents etc…those files and their temporary files will be placed in iCloud with a folder icon that looks like it’s app.

But iCloudDrive is also a real repository for you to do with it what you will. But to put a dent into crafting your own exclusively-mobile solution to file management, the iCloudDrive app can be a component of a 2 app solution for local file management and space management for your phone. Using applications like FileBrowser or FileExplorer (which I am beta testing) will allow you to connect your iDevice and iCloud storage space to OneDrive, GoogleDrive and DropBox and your FTP Server, TimeCapsule and other NAS components.

Remember: The ShareSheet is your friend. The idea that we must use an application (like windows explorer) to copy or nice files about the directory structure is simply a result of using an operating system that was too stupid to realize that you would need files in other places.

With Secure Open-in, the share sheet and the integration of bit management solutions within applications, users use the software to produce, but temporary file storage should be the responsibility of the application and not the user.


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