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.

 
141
Kudos
 
141
Kudos

Now read this

What I Do for a Living

“What do you do for a living, Federico?” First conversations with doctors are awkward, particularly when you’re 23 and you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Inevitably, you’ll talk with many doctors in many hospitals in many rooms with the... Continue →