Apple delays iCloud Drive file sharing until next spring

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File sharing was pulled from iCloud Drive during beta testing.
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Apple has quietly delayed the release of a new file sharing feature for iCloud Drive.

File sharing was initially scheduled to release later this fall following the release of macOS Catalina on Monday. Apple is now saying we won’t get our hands on it until next spring.

iCloud Drive saw a big overhaul — particularly on iOS — with Apple’s latest round of software updates. Its new file sharing feature gives users the ability to grant access to folders and documents.

Hiccups in beta testing, which caused some users to lose data, meant file sharing had to be pulled and postponed until later this fall. Now it seems it’s going to take Apple a little longer to deliver it.

iCloud Drive will wait for file sharing

Apple’s All Features webpage for macOS, which lists everything that’s new in Catalina, stated earlier this week that iCloud Drive file sharing would launch before the end of this year.

The page has been updated following the public rollout of macOS Catalina on Monday, however. File sharing will now be available in spring of next year.

Communication Limits for Screen Time, which fall under the same asterisk on that All Features page, also appear to have been delayed until early 2020.

iCloud Drive catches up with Dropbox

File sharing, which allows users to collaborate on files through iCloud and see updates as they happen, is a key feature of competing cloud storage services like Dropbox.

Apple already allows users to share and collaborate on individual files. But it’s not yet possible to share entire folders with multiple documents packaged inside them.