iCloud Drive – 3rd party apps using CloudKit – any standards?
I’m having a little trouble wrapping my head around something in iCloud and hoping that maybe there’s just something simple that I’m missing here. I love iCloud. I try to use 1st party Apple apps for as much as I possibly can and am using iCloud on all of those that I have enabled. It all just works great.
I recently enabled iCloud Drive so that I could share files between my iDevices. When I did enable iCloud Drive on my iPhone, dozens of 3rd party apps appeared at the bottom with on/off sliders. I’m assuming this list of apps is all apps that are using CloudKit for something or other. I currently have ALL of them turned off because I’m not sure what I would want them turned on for.
Is there some sort of standard that says what these apps are saving to iCloud? Is this a way for me to save app settings to iCloud such that a new iPhone could be “setup as new” yet still pull down specific app settings so you don’t have to set anything back up? Is there something else? I don’t have anything to hide at all but I’d really like to know what is being saved and why and if it’s necessary.
I’ll leave the topic of why it creates Pages, Numbers, Keynote folders instead of just letting you save files in your own folder structure for another debate.