Apple services work best with Apple apps on Apple devices, but the company also offers web versions for some services at iCloud.com. Now the website has received a partial overhaul.
Apple has released a new design for the iCloud.com home page, which you’ll see immediately after you sign in. The old design was just a grid of icons for each service, like Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Photos, iCloud Drive, etc., but the new version has more data visible without opening a specific web app. Widget-like blocks, called “tiles,” can display images and lists directly on the home page.
There is a “Customize Home Page” button at the bottom, which opens a view to add or remove tiles from the page. Tiles are available for Photos, Mail, Drive, Notes, Calendar, Numbers, Pages, Reminders, and Keynote. Apple also has a standard grid of app icons, either in the “apps” tile or in the pop-up menu that appears when you click the grid button in the top right.
Apple also added a plus button in the top right corner, which allows you to create something without first opening one of the apps. There are options to start a new email message, create a note, set a reminder, create a new Pages or Numbers document, etc.
The actual iCloud web apps apparently haven’t changed, and there’s still no support for dark mode. Still, the new Start page is a better experience for when you need to check your iCloud data on a work computer or other non-Apple device.