iCloud Backup

Editor’s Desk: Apple’s changing encryption story, patient data access

Apple's Health app icon

A news story at the beginning of the week shows a very changing position for Apple, which has focused for years on customer data access freedom and privacy but appears to have changed its tune when it comes to encryption. There's also news from the electronic medical records (EMR) industry, which may get shaken up this year thanks to new rules imposed by a federal government agency that oversees how medical records are maintained.

iMazing lets you perform truly secure encrypted local backups of iOS devices

Following the revealing report by Joseph Menn for Reuters alleging that the FBI “about two years ago” pressured Apple not to encrypt iOS device backups in iCloud, many iPhone users seem unhappy with this news. As an alternative, backing up your iOS device locally using iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC (or the Finder in macOS 10.15 Catalina) lets you retain ownership over your data versus having the contents of your device uploaded to iCloud.

How worried should you be about Apple and end-to-end encryption?

A new report out today says that Apple has not implemented end to end encryption on iCloud backups at the behest of the FBI. Apple hasn't verified the report, but it has other reasons not to encrypt iCloud backups. In the end, I don't worry too much about the absence of end-to-end encryption in iCloud, because it's to my benefit. Let me explain.

The new AnyTrans 8 helps you make a smooth transition to iPhone 11 [sponsor]

AnyTrans on iMac

Whether you’re ramping up for your first iPhone or upgrading to the iPhone 11, you need a simple way to make a seamless transition. You might want to migrate your data from Android, create a backup of your current iPhone for an easy move, or even erase data from a phone you’re getting rid of.

Whatever the case may be, one tool can take care of all of these tasks and more. AnyTrans is an intuitive iPhone manager that lets you transfer, back up, and manage the content on your device, all in one spot.

We have covered AnyTrans in the past for backups and transfers as well as AnyTrans for Cloud to manage files. But now, we have a brand new AnyTrans to introduce to you, AnyTrans 8. This latest version of AnyTrans gives you new features and enhancements that make managing your iPhone content easier than ever.

Be prepared to recover your iPhone data after upgrading to iOS 13 [sponsor]

PhoneRescue Recovery Complete

When you’re updating to the newest version of iOS on your iPhone, things can go just perfect. But then again, things can also go very wrong. Backing up your device on a regular basis is key to recovering that data when you need it. And to help you is the data recovery tool PhoneRescue by iMobie.

If you’re planning to upgrade to iOS 13, it’s best to prepare now with a recovery plan using PhoneRescue. This handy tool lets you recover data from your iOS device, an iTunes backup, or iCloud. In addition, you can check out helpful iOS repair tools when you need them.

Apple now offers free trials for iCloud storage upgrades

iCloud Storage Promotion

Apple has quietly introduced free one-month trials for its paid iCloud storage plans. The promotion is being offered if you are not currently paying for a subscription and have reached your 5GB limit. By taking advantage of the promotion, iCloud will backup all of your iOS devices without you worrying about hitting a storage limit.

Some users are having issues with Apple’s iCloud Backup service

Apple today acknowledged ongoing issues with iCloud backups, noting on its System Status webpage that a small percentage of customers have been unable to create new iOS device backups in iCloud or restore from previous saves since Tuesday morning.

“Users may be unable to restore from an iCloud backup,” reads Apple's notice.

According to the System Status webpage, less than one precent of Apple users are affected by the outage. Given the company's one billion active devices in the wild, that seemingly small percentage potentially translates into tens of millions of affected customers.

The company states that its iCloud Backup service has been down since 8am Pacific on Tuesday. The downtime had persisted at the time of this writing, but other iCloud systems didn't seem to have been affected.

Are you experiencing issues creating iCloud backups or restoring from previous ones?