What you need to know
- Apple has released a beta version of its redesigned iCloud website
- You can now access Account Settings to manage your Apple ID, storage, and devices
- Some users report having access to the new Reminders app
Found by Federico Viticci, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of MacStories, and reported on by 9to5Mac, Apple has released a redesigned iCloud website. It is currently in beta and can be found by going to Apple's iCloud beta website.
The new iCloud website is much more minimal than its predecessor, forgoing the dynamic, bubbly wallpaper with a flat, black and white design.
The homescreen icons are much smaller than before and now sit under your Apple ID photo, a welcome message, and a quick link to your Account Settings.
The first section of the Settings page give you a link to manage your Apple ID as well as the ability to set your preferred language and time zone. Below that, you can get a glance at your iCloud storage and your registered devices, with some basic security options for those devices like removing Apple Pay cards or marking a device as lost or stolen.
Some users report being able to use the new Reminders app in the beta, however we were not able to do so. This could be limited to those currently enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program (opens in new tab), leaving the rest of us to use the current Reminders app from iOS 12. For those who do have access to the new Reminders app on the beta website, they report seeing a "Coming Soon" message for the Reminders app on the current iCloud website.
One thing that is missing, besides that wallpaper, from the beta is the launchpad icon when you are in an app. Right now there is no way to go back to the homescreen from an app besides clicking the back button on your browser or changing the URL back to beta.icloud.com.
Of course, this is because this is a beta, and the final release will have more enhancements. It is, however, nice to see a sneak peek at what Apple's plan is. The iCloud website has long been overdue for a refresh, so the new look is a welcome one.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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