Apple’s Mail app in iOS has actually never been especially excellent at dealing with files, whether they be already connected to an e-mail that was just received or are in requirement of being connected to an outbound one. That’s a concern that has been around for as long as there has actually been a Mail app on iOS which, as we all know, is permanently.


Thankfully, after another 8 versions of iOS and in the year 2015, Apple has lastly seen the light and provided the Mail app a litle more file-wrangling expertise, not just making it possible to save attachments from within an e-mail to iCloud Drive and other online storage however also to attach files from such places to a new email. Both variations on the same theme have been long requested and will certainly be gratefully gotten. At this point though, and with many power-users using third-party email apps like Glow or Dispatch, is it a little far too late for Mail?

Regardless of all that however, the brand-new features are certainly welcome, even if we will certainly have to wait till iOS 9 arrives later this year to take benefit of them.

From what we have actually seen of the existing beta release of iOS 9 though, saving a file to iCloud Drive or similar storage space is simply a case of tapping and holding on a connected file up until the Share Sheet appears. Now, on the bottom row you’ll find a brand-new ‘Save Attachment’ choice, though you might require to do some scrolling to find it. Tapping this button will certainly open a now familiar window which reveals the contents of iCloud Drive, along with a ‘Places’ button that will allow users to select different storage areas such as Dropbox or Google Drive.


Including accessories is just a case of tapping and holding in the body of a new e-mail and after that choosing ‘Include Attachment’ after tapping the best arrow in the action menu. Users are again provided with a familiar window where they can choose the file they wish to connect.

While neither of these things are headline features for iOS 9, if you find yourself working with accessories on iPhones and iPads then this might be a lifesaver going ahead. It’s definitely something we’re anticipating, anyhow.

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