Apple’s iCloud.com Beta is Changing as We Near Release Day

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I periodically go back and check on Apple’s iCloud.com Beta for one reason. I’ve been waiting to get access to News Publisher on my iPad for two years now. The only place you can get access to Apple’s online Content Management System for manually positing to Apple News is right here at iCloud.com, and unfortunately, it has been inaccessible on the iPad up until now. If you look at the screenshot above, this may be about to change.

Up until the latest iPadOS Beta (13.1), iCloud.com has looked just like what you get on a desktop browser, with an animated blue bubble background and icons for each of Apple’s web services.

The notable exception for those of us who post to Apple News is that the News Publisher icon has been absent.

What you see above is what I got today when I opened up iCloud.beta.com. As you can see, the look is quite different now, with a stark white background. Even better, News Publisher is now here! Well, sort of.

The News Publisher icon unfortunately doesn’t work yet. While everything else available at iCloud.com has worked throughout the iPadOS 13 Beta process, News Publisher currently tries to launch and unfortunately fizzles out. I tried it a few times and never got more than a spinning wheel and one Gateway Timeout error.

While this is unfortunate, I still think the fact that News Publisher is visible on the iPad means something. It isn’t lost on me that it didn’t show up earlier in the beta process. That wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t available when viewing iCloud.com on the iPad because it wasn’t supported. Unless someone made a mistake, which is possible, the fact that it is visible now means that support is at least being investigated and may be coming soon.

This could just be an Apple Beta experiment. Sometimes they will turn on or reveal something in one beta only to pull it in another one before release day. However, I am going to hold out hope that full iPad support for News Publisher is coming, as this would be the LAST domino to fall to allow me to do all of my writing on my iPad Pro. We shall see. If nothing else, Apple definitely seems to be taking iCloud.com in a new, more neutral design direction.


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