When Apple launched iCloud three years ago, the company intended to make seamless integration between iOS and OS X. Since then, major updates to the company’s productivity apps for both operating systems have improved greatly and iCloud has helped make integration much better than it was before. Today, 9to5Mac claims to have information that Apple will be adding OS X’s TextEdit and Preview apps to iOS with the next version of the mobile operating system.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is working on a pair of new iCloud applications for iOS and better tools for third-party developers to build their own iCloud integrated apps.
The pair of apps in question, TextEdit and Preview, are said to be partial versions of their OS X counterparts. Users will be able to view stored iCloud files on iOS, but won’t be able to edit or manage them. Instead, users will be able to use the “Open in…” feature to make changes to documents in iBooks or Pages.
Apple, apparently, is also working on improving consistency between OS X and iOS productivity apps like Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
According to unnamed sources that spoke with 9to5Mac, the new apps are part of Apple Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi’s restructuring plans. Federighi has “opened the iOS and OS X feature development silos” and all mobile and desktop software engineers now work simultaneously on both operating systems.
Additionally, Apple appears to be working on new iCloud storage tools that will make third-party app integration much easier. Developers would be able to add iCloud storage in a much simpler and more reliable way.