iCloud.com is now looking sleek and modern after getting a design update

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iCloud.com is definitely not a solution that regular users would use on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean that the user experience it offers isn’t important. And to highlight that fact, Apple has gone ahead and given it a fresh coat of paint, as reported by MacRumors.
After weeks of beta testing, the redesign is now live and offers a more colorful and modern look. Not that the service has ever looked bad per se, but it sure felt outdated, with Apple revamping its devices’ styling over the years. 

The presentation speaks for itself: it is really reminiscent of an iPad home screen, and that simply makes sense. With such a modern and easy-to-understand design already being available, there would be no point to reinvent the wheel, right?

What is iCloud.com useful for?

As soon as you head over and log on to iCloud.com, you will have access to:

  • Photos
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Drive
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Find My

In essence, this page – now titled the Home Screen – presents a useful and clean overview of the most essential solutions, available to any iPhone user. It also makes multitasking easier across devices, as the page is available even on Windows PCs. 

Photos and Tasks – simple and easy to use, just as before. 

As to the utilities – they haven’t changed much. In most cases, they act and feel just as they did before. While in some cases, the full apps can’t be replaced, in others it’s just an extra feature – like taking a quick note without taking your iPhone out of your pocket.

How can iCloud.com be customized?

When you go a bit lower than the overview section, you will notice that there’s a single button, placed in the middle of the screen, labeled “Customize Home Screen”. Upon clicking it, all widgets will start their famous wiggle-jiggle dance.

Please apply wiggle-jiggle dance mentally for extra effect.

From that point onward, the process will be extremely familiar to any iPhone user and pretty simple for anyone else: you can move widgets around to suit your workflow, remove the ones that you won’t use, or create new ones that you need via a dedicated button.

All widgets come in two form factors:

  • A smaller square format, which looks great on Reminders
  • A larger rectangle, allowing visibility over Calendar events on an Email inbox

They automatically take one of the two shapes, depending on how your Home Screen is arranged.

For example, it’s impossible to remove the square profile widget, so the one right of it will always be a rectangle. Each newly added widget will always first be placed to the right of your profile and push everything else to the row below.

You are able to arrange them as you best see fit, but if you’d like to achieve a specific form factor for a given widget, you’ll have to take into account the pattern that they naturally take. Oh, and fun fact: you can have multiples of the same widget too.

You can also bring up a cumulative widget aptly called Apps, which presents all apps as if in a folder, but if you’d like to have less clutter on your Home Screen, you can also access them from the navbar on top.

Speaking of the navbar, it also grants quick access to other features too, like customization of the Home Screen and shortcuts to Storage, Plan, and a user guide. The latter can also be seen in an overview at the far end of the iCloud page itself.

What can we take away from the iCloud.com revamp?

While probably not a priority, it’s great to see that the page is still important to Apple. This refresher brings the solution closer to the brand’s overall product line and makes it easier to use for newer users, who don’t remember how iOS looked back in the day.While no such plans have been unveiled, more features are always welcome. But even if they never come to iCloud.com, it would be difficult to complain. After all, it is accessible, easy to work with, responsive, and completely free. What more could we possibly ask for?

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