Apple's wind farms in Europe keep iCloud services running. Apple recently updated the browser-based services offered by its online portal, iCloud.com, and there's a lot to like in the release. What's new? What is iCloud.com? Any Apple device user should become familiar with Apple's iCloud.com online service, which gives you full access to everything that matters to you, as well as some additional features you wouldn't otherwise be able to use. Through the portal you have access to: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, iCloud Drive, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and FindMy. You also get access to Apple's News Publisher app, along with a range of controls for iCloud+ features, including Custom Email Domain, Private Relay, and limited control over HomeKit Secure video. Many of the features available through the portal were introduced in a previous redesign in 2019, but everything got a big improvement in the latest update in 2023. This is cleaner, more consistent, and more usable. Improvements include that the Photos app online can now show you your memories and slideshows in full screen. With iCloud, you can now check your emails, but you can also create a new email address. You can accept browser notifications when new emails arrive, which is effective if you're on a system where the email package isn't configured for your account. Quick actions are now supported, meaning you can mark reminders as complete or flag a particular email. You can now also unsend a sent message. When writing an email, you can now attach files from iCloud Drive or Photos from the web-based email compose window. There are customizations throughout the system: you can preview photos, download items, or delete emails, all from the interface. Notes gets a shared folder for collaboration from Notes. New widgets and tools A bit of new functionality means you can create widgets to display a specific email in a box on your personal iCloud.com front page. You'll also notice that the search function has been improved, making it easier than before to find items in your iCloud. What is iCloud+? Every iCloud+ plan offers premium features: Private Relay keeps Safari browsing completely private from network providers, websites, and others. Hide My Email allows users to generate unique, random email addresses when needed, so users can sign up for newsletters, offers, and more without sharing their personal address. HomeKit Secure Video allows users to capture and view home security footage in an end-to-end encrypted format. Custom email domains allow users to personalize their iCloud email address with a custom domain, or purchase one through Mail Settings. Family Sharing allows all iCloud+ plans to be shared with up to five other people in a family group. Apple recently introduced two new high-capacity iCloud+ storage tiers, offering options up to 6TB ($29.99/m) and 12TB ($59.99/m). Please follow me on Mastodon, or join AppleHolic's bar & grill and Apple Discussions groups on MeWe. Dear reader, this is just to let you know that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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