"Apple doesn't make hardware to be successful in [say] messaging [apps]; it makes a messaging product to be successful in hardware," said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, in a June interview after Apple unveiled iCloud Drive. "Apple isn't fighting the messaging [or cloud] war. To the extent it's fighting a war at all, it's fighting an ecosystem war, and so far it's winning."
iCloud Drive requires iOS 8 — which will ship next week — or OS X Yosemite, likely to release Oct. 22. The beta of icloud.com with iCloud Drive can be accessed via a browser, even from, say, OS X Mavericks.
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