As an Apple user, you may rely on iCloud on daily basis but maybe you are still unsure about how it works. It only takes a few minutes to set up the service on your Mac, iPhone or iPad and you can enjoy the convenience solution that it provides. By default, iCloud gives you 5GB of free space. Since iPhone has a great camera that can be even better with special photo apps, 5GB are usually not enough.

When you reach the limit, upgrade to one of the following plans:

The prices differ from region to region. To learn current plan prices.

iCloud Drive’s main draw is its integration with Apple devices, services and other third-party apps that Apple has let into its tightly controlled ecosystem. It’s not as great on other fronts, though.

File sharing is still in beta, it doesn’t support versioning and the Windows application feels like a clumsy afterthought.

What you do get is a single place that most of your apps will be able to store information to and automatic storage optimization. Those together work very smoothly for saving space on your hard drive.

Anyone dealing with the small hard drives common with many Mac devices will be relieved by the easy storage management. Those who like to manually control which content syncs and which is kept in the cloud will be disappointed. Selective sync is not an option with iCloud Drive.