Thankfully, Apple's cloud services are not impacted by major issues all that often. However, it happens. Today, for instance, Apple has updated its system status page to reflect that one of its services is currently experiencing an issue.
iCloud Backup is a great convenience. If you'd like to use this handy feature, however, be sure to first learn about Apple's data retention policy in terms of keeping old backups.
Apple's iCloud Private Relay depends on “trusted partners” whom the company wouldn't name when unveiling this privacy feature during WWDC21, but now we know who they are.
Are you looking for a Google Photos alternative now that Google has ended free unlimited photo storage? Worry not, there are plenty of options available for someone who takes a lot of photos and stores them on the cloud. The photos and videos already on Google Photos will still be available, but anything uploaded after June 1st will count towards the free 15GB storage. Of course, you can sign up for a Google One storage plan and get more space. However, there are a couple of better alternatives that you may want to try.
One of the major selling points for Apple and its platforms is privacy and security. So it's no surprise to see the company making improvements in these areas with its next big updates. In this case, Apple is expanding its privacy efforts across its most popular platforms.
Apple also gave iCloud some time on stage, announcing some big changes for one of Apple's most important services.
iCloud is one of the most integral elements of Apple's business model. But, while it serves as the backbone to many other services, sometimes an outage happens. And sometimes an outage hits a specific service in particular.
Every once in a while, Apple will update its official system status page to reflect an outage of some kind. It's not as rare as some might like, unfortunately. And today, iCloud Mail users have probably already discovered the service is having some issues.
Apple's first iCloud data center in mainland China, built in co-operation with a state-owned company, has now officially gone online following more than two years of preparations.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Apple's first iCloud data center in mainland China is now operational. Chinese users' iCloud data is operated by GCBD, a state-owned company. A recent NYT report cast a spotlight on Apple’s iCloud “hard bargain“ in China.
Apple has announced that its legacy document syncing service, dubbed iCloud Documents and Data, will be discontinued and replaced by iCloud Drive beginning May 2022.
If for some reason, you do not want to backup your photos to Apple's iCloud, then you can automatically upload the photos to Google Photos, which is an excellent alternative for backing up photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad.
Losing your Apple Watch or iPhone can be really sad and also quite risky as someone could gain access to important data, including Apple Pay. Of course, Apple has managed to make the Apple Pay service super secure, and enabled Touch ID or Face ID for payments. However, there's still a small chance for a thief to access it, and it's therefore better to disable Apple Pay on a lost or store iPhone or Apple Watch.
Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's Services division had another ridiculously strong quarter. Well, sure enough, Apple's confirmed as much today with the company's latest quarterly earnings report.