iCloud Public Links

In testing a new iOS app with iCloud integration, I noticed a feature to create public links for files hosted on iCloud.com.

iCloud links

I didn’t know it was possible for developers to enable such functionality with the existing iCloud API. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to publicly share iWork files through iCloud.com, and the closest example I can think of is iPhoto for iOS’ Journal feature.

Right now, these files don’t end up on any section on iCloud.com; they are only visible in the “Manage Storage” settings panel of iOS and OS X (where, however, there is no option to copy the public link).

I would love for Apple to consider deeper file management options for iCloud. Dropbox recently overhauled its sharing features, and, with Mountain Lion getting a new file saving UI directly plugged into iCloud, I don’t think it’d be absurd to think of this API finding its way to desktop. I’m just speculating here, but I think it’d be a sweet solution to extend, say, AirDrop over the local network with a simple “share on iCloud.com” command.

 
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