Apple officially merges iCloud documents with iCloud drive

Apple announced in May that it would merge its two companies. iCloud “documents and data” service into iCloud Drive in May 2022. The company has just released the latest report confirming that the merger is complete. Yesterday, the company updated its support document that users who previously used iCloud Documents & Data to sync files across devices will view the files, you will need to enable iCloud Drive.

Apple provides instructions and minimum system requirements for iCloud Drive on iOS devices, Macs, and iCloud.com in a support document. This will not affect the vast majority of iCloud users who already have an active iCloud Drive. Users who have an iCloud account will not be affected. Before the 2014 launch of iCloud Drive but never enabled it will now need to turn it back on to gain access to the relevant files.

Users switch to iCloud Storage The iCloud’s occupied storage capacity will not change. The iCloud “Documents and Data” service will save cloud-synced data in a folder of a specific app. Access to that data will be restricted by the service. iCloud Drive has been improved so that users can access all files from one location. This includes the Files app for iOS/iPadOS and iCloud Drive in macOS Finder (Finder) as well as the web.

IPHONE ICLOUD KEYCHAIN ADDS SUPPORT FOR “MASTER KEY” – CAN BE AUTHENTICATED WITH A SECOND DEVICE

The latest additions to FIDO’s standard may make it easier to have a password-free tomorrow. Apple calls it Passkeys with iCloud keychain. It allows users to automatically log in to a secure website. The best part is that it is as simple as using a second Apple smartphone to log in.

BACKGROUND

Apple announced that it would be testing FIDO (Fast Identity Online), last year, and supported it back in 2020. The company calls its implementation Passkeys in iCloud Keychain, but it’s just another name for FIDO.

The workings of FIDO have been described before.

“The recommendation from the FIDO Alliance is that trusted devices should replace passwords. This will function in the same manner as Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA), which is used for Apple devices. If you attempt to log in with your Apple ID to a new Apple device, the company will send a code to a trusted device that the user enters.

On Apple systems, this is an extra 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 log in to a website on an iPhone, the user will only need to enter the username, and it will then send an authentication request to the user’s other registered devices, such as the Apple Watch. Simply click on authorize to authorize. Likewise, when accessing a service on the Mac, the user will be able to authorize approvals on the iPhone — and so on. “

MASTER KEY ENHANCEMENTS IN ICLOUD KEYCHAIN

Tapping an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to authorize login is a better option than entering passwords. But the latest proposal wants to completely eliminate these actions.

“FIDO’s white paper also includes a proposal to supplement its specification to allow a user’s existing device, such as a laptop, to act as a hardware token in itself, similar to a standalone Bluetooth-authenticated device, providing physical authentication. The idea is that since Bluetooth is a proximity-based protocol, this is still actually phishing-proof.”

In other words, it’s the exact same way you unlock your Mac or iPhone with the Apple Watch. It works the same way the iPhone unlocks your Apple Watch. As the user’s identity has been established by unlocking the original device, they don’t need to provide additional verification.

When a user logs into a Mac website, it checks for Bluetooth range and, if it is, allows it in.

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