iCloud Drive iOS App: When Is it Coming?

iOS 8 an OS X Yosemite come with a new feature called iCloud Drive, which is essentially Apple’s equivalent to Dropbox and Google Drive. However, while OS X Yosemite has an iCloud Drive folder where you can drag and drop various files in and out of, where’s the equivalent app for iOS?

The image below was taken from Apple’s website and it shows off iCloud Drive on both iOS and OS X. What’s shown in the image looks to be a file explorer iCloud Drive iOS app, similar to Dropbox or Google Drive. However, we have yet to see such an app from Apple.

Redditors have questioned this as well, but it turns out that what you see in the image is merely just iOS’s document picker, which can be used within other apps that support iCloud Drive, such as iWork. It’s actually not a standalone file explorer app of any kind.

With that said, it doesn’t seem like Apple has plans to release a standalone iCloud Drive app, which isn’t too surprising considering that iCloud was never meant to be a file explorer of sorts, but if the company wants to compete against the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive, a file explorer app of some kind is a must.

iCloud Drive iOS app

However, there used to be an app called iCloud Drive Explorer that allowed you to browse files in your iCloud Drive folder on your iOS device, similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, but Apple quickly pulled it from the App Store.

Of course, Apple could release a standalone iCloud Drive app for iOS devices in the future, because we like to say, “Never say never,” but the chances of that actually happening are extremely low.

iCloud Drive has been one of the more popular features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but it got off to a shaky start when an iOS 8 bug would involuntarily delete iCloud data. According to several users, using the “Reset All Settings” option by navigating to General > Reset has caused files to be permanently deleted from a user’s iCloud Drive account.

Of course, the “Reset All Settings” option says that it won’t delete any data, so this was no doubt a glaringly huge bug in iOS 8.

However, OS X users could recover these deleted files through a backup, but you were pretty much screwed if you didn’t back up at all.

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This isn’t the only bug that has fallen upon iOS 8, though. Ever since the new mobile operating system released earlier this month, users have been experiencing all sorts of issues, especially when iOS 8.0.1 was released less than a week after the initial launch. The minor update was supposed to fix a handful of small bug fixes but instead introduced a world of bigger problems, including breaking cellular service as well as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6.

Apple quickly pulled the update from its servers, but the damage was already done for the most part.

Apple quickly released iOS 8.0.2 to fix issues that iOS 8.0.1 brought, and that has done the trick for many users, but the residual effects are still left over for some users.

Some users reported that even after updating to iOS 8.0.2, the Springboard crashes and restarts constantly. Furthermore, other users are still reporting that they can’t get any cell service after updating to iOS 8.0.2.

Of course, the iCloud Drive deletion bug has been fixed, but it certainly doesn’t help bring back any deleted files for Apple users.