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Messages in iCloud Feature

Updated: What Happened to Apple's Promised Messages in iCloud Feature?

Apple's Software
January 24, 2018

Apple’s Messages in iCloud feature was supposed to launch last fall with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Six months later, the feature is still missing. What’s going on here?

Apple surprised us earlier today, Jan. 24, by offering a preview of the upcoming iOS 11.3 release. Unfortunately, there’s still an iOS 11.0 feature that hasn’t seen the light of day.

Messages in iCloud was first announced last June at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and launched in early beta versions of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. However, Apple scrapped the feature before either update was released to the public last fall.

In pulling the feature, now six months ago, Apple would only say it would release Messages in iCloud “in a future software update to iOS 11.”

Messages in iCloud was one of the coolest new features announced at WWDC. It allows your conversations to sync between your Apple devices and ultimately saved in the cloud. For example, when you delete a conversation on your iPhone, it’s also removed from your Mac or iPad.

I had the opportunity to use Messages in iCloud while the feature was available and liked it a lot. The feature saved valuable space on each of my devices, which is one of its benefits.

Hopefully, we’ll hear more from Apple about the future of Messages in iCloud feature soon.



Wow, Messages in iCloud has returned in the first iOS 11.3.