iCloud Website Error Hints at Upcoming iCloud Bookmarks Feature

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An error on Apple's iCloud.com portal is displaying a "Coming Soon" page for iCloud Bookmarks, suggesting that the website may soon gain functionality for displaying iCloud Bookmarks saved in Safari on a Mac or an iOS device.

    An online iCloud Bookmarks section, if added to iCloud, could be useful for users that wish to access their bookmarks on a computer that is not used regularly. While iCloud already syncs Safari bookmarks between Macs and iOS devices, iCloud bookmarks are not currently accessible via iCloud.com.

    First discovered by a Twitter user (via 9to5Mac), the iCloud Bookmarks page can be seen briefly when visiting a specific URL, originally accessed by installing the Chrome extension from the iCloud Control Panel for Windows app on a PC: http://icloud.com/bookmarks_extension

    Though the page text suggests that an iCloud Bookmarks feature could be in the works for iCloud.com, it is possible, based on the "extension" URL, that it is referring to an iCloud Bookmarks extension, but iCloud browser extensions for both Chrome and Firefox on Windows have been available for several months following the launch of iOS 7.

    As noted by 9to5Mac, the introductory screen also features the iOS 7-style design for Bookmarks, which seems to indicate that it was rather recently created, pointing more towards a new feature than an old page for an existing feature.

    Apple has been hard at work beefing up iCloud during the last year. At WWDC, the company introduced iWork for iCloud, giving users a way to work on collaborative documents from any device, and more recently many of the apps received a full iOS 7-style redesign.

    Article Link: iCloud Website Error Hints at Upcoming iCloud Bookmarks Feature
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. macrumors member

    May 30, 2011
  4. macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2006
    Silver Spring MD
    I think there is an error in the article. The Firefox and Chrome extensions are for Windows only, not Mac. Unless I'm missing something.
  5. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I'm a little confused here. What's the difference between "iCloud Bookmarks" and iCloud syncing bookmarks between Macs and iOS devices? Right now I can reformat my iMac's hard drive and download my bookmarks from iCloud onto my iMac. So what else would someone need? :confused:
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2011
  7. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    Return "iDisk"/"Dropbox" document sharing, and I'm good to go. :)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    I’m guessing the intent is to allow you to use them on a computer that isn’t yours or in a browser you don’t want to/can't link to your iCloud. I can’t imagine any other situation where you’d need them.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    If they are on a Windows/Linux machine or a public device where they can't set up iCloud syncing, they can still access their bookmarks.
  10. macrumors member


    May 2, 2012
  11. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    wow, if this happen for real I might use safari more and ditch chrome.
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    What I *really* want is the ability to do iMessage from a browser.
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
  14. ryansimmons323, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    I once found this funny icon from iCloud when I was posting a link to www.icloud.com on Facebook. This appeared as the thumbnail that would be posted with the link.

  15. macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010
    Good to see Apple investing in online services and finally competing with Google. I think even the most hardcore Apple fans have to admit that Google has had an edge in this market for some time.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    It needs Dropbox functionality....bring by iDisk but make it actually work correctly and I won't need Dropbox anymore.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    Ah so its the return of the MobileMe web access for bookmarks, which was discontinued when it became iCloud.

    EDIT: Ah remembered it wrong, the web access for bookmarks was removed in the transition from .Mac to MobileMe.
  18. macrumors regular

    May 27, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Not really. This was a feature years ago back when iCloud was called .Mac.

    It was handy at times, and it was perplexing when it was dropped in one of the transitions. Seems like the easiest feature of all the .Mac/MobileMe/iCloud ones to implement.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    The "cloud"....certified, approved, and heartily recommended by the NSA. :eek:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2013
    Apple really need to overhaul iCloud mail to keep up with every other web based mail product out there (gMail, Yahoo, Outlook etc). It's a simpleton's product that looks years out of date.

    I would be very interested in a much more powerful, flexible and better interface for mail rules. If Apple wants me to use their mail product across all my devices then it needs a lot of improvement.
  21. NOV
    macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    Dropbox and a bloody simple "Photostream" button where I can watch/share my images in the cloud.
  22. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Oh man, I hope they add Reading List to it too. I use that more than bookmarks. Since it doesn't work offline on iOS devices like it does on a Mac, I just throw them on my Kindle for now. Would love to get to them on different machines.
  23. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Oh yeah, I see now. Thanks you guys. I didn't understand the point. I can see where that would be convenient at times.
  24. jlnr, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    Reading List has worked offline since iOS 6, it's how I use my WiFi-only iPad most of the time. It does seem to require the occasional reboot to start downloading items for offline viewing, though (6.1.2).

    But it's silly that one cannot have Reading List or bookmark syncing without enabling iCloud Tabs as well, which basically stores every URL you are looking at on Apple's servers. I want less cloud, not more :(
  25. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    This seems like a great option for some people. If/when this is enabled, this means that I could access my bookmarks from home on my work computer simply by visiting my icloud account. Unfortunately where I work icloud is blocked.

    I could also see this as something useful when over at a frieds house or the library, etc. Basically, I like where this is going :)

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