Can someone explain iCloud to me?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
May 8, 2006
I have an iPhone 4S and a new MacBook Air and I truthfully don't understand iCloud. I have hundreds of .doc and .pdf files on my laptop, how would I go about accessing these on my iPhone through iCloud? Same with photos I have stored on my laptop. Or is that not what iCloud is for-- am I missing something? I was under the impression that the point of iCloud was to link all your Apple devices.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2005
agreed. dropbox for general files/documents. I only use iCloud for iTunes Match. It probably makes sense for some users for calendar/address book/note synchronization. It doesn't seem to be a good fit for general files, however.


macrumors 601
Aug 19, 2003
You can't. For that you should use Dropbox
Well, they're working on it.

In Mountain Lion, "Documents in the Cloud" is more feature complete. For example, you can upload .Doc, .PDF, etc files that will open in Preview from iCloud.

The biggest problem for me is you can't access those same files via iOS since doesn't exist. One would think Apple would allow apps like Good Reader to access those type of files, and that might be coming in iOS 6. I'm not for sure.