Apple has announced that it plans to merge its iCloud Documents and Data service with iCloud Drive beginning in May of next year. The announcement was made via a new support document that was spotted by MacGeneration.

The iCloud Drive and iCloud Documents and Data services are similar in a lot of ways, but the latter has always been far from intuitive.

Its death will not be mourned, but Apple does say that while the merging process is automated, users will need to have iCloud Drive enabled first.

In May 2022, the ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data service, our former document synchronization service, will be interrupted and completely replaced by ‌iCloud Drive‌. Therefore, if you use ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data, your account will be migrated to ‌iCloud Drive‌ after that date.

If you use the ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data service, you must activate ‌iCloud Drive‌ by following the steps below to view your files. Upgrading to ‌iCloud Drive‌ does not change the storage space used by your files saved in ‌iCloud‌.

While none of this is going to happen until 2022, we’d suggest making sure that you have iCloud Drive enabled sooner rather than later. It really is pretty sweet, especially if you use multiple Apple devices.

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