Apple has silently delayed the date of the iCloud Drive folder sharing feature on macOS Catalina until spring 2020. Initially, the show was expected to be released “later this fall.”
According to the updated macOS features website, the iCloud folder exchange is now scheduled to arrive in the spring of next year compared to the original tentative release date “later this fall.”
ICloud folder sharing would have made iCloud a service similar to Dropbox. Users can easily share files on their iCloud Drive with others through a private link. Users will also be able to track changes made to the folder and add new files once they access the link.
While it is possible to share files privately on iCloud Drive, it is limited to files and does not include folders, which makes it less useful.
ICloud Drive folder sharing was present in the first beta versions of iOS 13 before Apple removed it. Since then, the company has not talked about the feature, except to mention on the MacOS Catalina page that it will launch later this fall. However, overnight, the company updated the text to reflect that the function will be launched “this spring.” The move comes less than 24 hours after Apple released macOS Catalina to the public.
The iOS 13 features page still lists the feature that will be released this fall, although that is unlikely to happen since the iCloud Drive folder sharing feature will be activated on macOS and iOS at the same time.
Many users could transition to iCloud Drive to share and store files once the share folder feature is activated. At this time, most people rely on Dropbox or Google Drive for their cloud storage needs, as iCloud Drive pales in front of them in terms of features.