Some iPhone and Mac users have been experiencing a new annoying issue recently: iCloud calendar spam. What happens is that event invitations start appearing in the Calendar app on iOS and macOS, containing links to fake websites. There are ways to fix the problem, although none of them come officially from Apple, and not all will completely deal with the matter. However, the Cupertino-based company is aware of the iCloud spam phenomenon, it’s sorry, and it’s working on it. More →
An incredibly sinister new form of spam has infiltrated countless iPhones and iPads in recent weeks: fake iCloud calendar invites. Personally, I’ve been bombarded with fake invites for weeks, but many iOS users were confronted with the unfamiliar notifications for the first time over the holiday weekend.
A Russian company that makes iPhone-hacking software said earlier this week that Apple quietly collects iPhone call data in iCloud, including both cellular voice calls and FaceTime calls. But it turns out that’s a feature built into iOS and macOS for the user’s “convenience.” So there’s no point freaking out about it. That said, Apple could certainly have done a better job informing the user what happens with call data. More →
A Russian security firm is casting doubt on just how big of an ally Apple is when it comes to consumer privacy. In a new report, the company alleges that Apple’s iCloud retains the entire call history of every iPhone for as long as four months, making it an easy target for law enforcement and surveillance.
The firm, Elcomsoft, discovered that as long as a user has iCloud enabled, their call history is synced and stored. The log includes phone numbers, dates and durations of the calls, and even missed calls, but the log doesn’t stop there; FaceTime call logs, as well as calls from apps that utilize the “Call History” feature, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, are also stored. More →
Apple may excel at many things, but historically speaking, services is not one of them. Thanks to less than stellar roll-outs for services like Apple Maps and Siri, not to mention persistently wonky iCloud issues, iOS users have reluctantly come to accept the fact that Apple often needs a few years before it gets even an elementary handle on a particular service.
Part of the problem is that there have been a few reports of in-fighting across some of Apple’s services-based engineering teams. Most notably, The Information reported this past April that “political infighting” between Apple’s iCloud and Siri engineering teams were preventing the company from addressing serious technical issues affecting both iCloud and iTunes.
In August of 2014, private photos and videos stolen from private online accounts from a number of celebrities were released online. Once authorities began to investigate, it soon became clear that the photos were acquired via a phishing scam which targeted the iCloud accounts of well-known celebrities. All told, more than 500 sensitive photos and videos — mostly of women –were released online.
Apple is a company that usually likes to maintain as much control over both its hardware and software as possible. Given this, you’d expect that the company would want to build out its own cloud infrastructure so that it wouldn’t have to rely on the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft. However, as a new report from The Information’s Amir Efrati and Steve Nellis makes clear, Apple isn’t even close to having that kind of independence from its biggest rivals when it comes to cloud infrastructure. More →
In a blow to Amazon, Apple recently inked a deal with Google wherein a good portion of Apple’s iCloud infrastructure will be powered by the search giant’s Google Cloud Platform.
Originally reported by CRN, the terms of the deal reportedly have Apple spending anywhere between $400 million and $600 million, though it’s not yet clear if this price range is for the duration of the contract or an annual fee. The report adds that the deal was finalized late last year and that Apple, as a result, has since begun to “significantly reduce its reliance on Amazon Web Services.”
In early September 2014, Apple was preparing to announce a massive iPhone upgrade: bigger iPhones than anything it launched before. But just a few days ahead of the press iPhone 6 press event, an iCloud security scandal broke out. Nude pictures belonging to Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities leaked online, originating from iPhone backups.
Apple explained at the time that its iCloud security was not breached and that hackers probably employed phishing schemes to obtain the usernames and passwords from their victims.
Now, 18 months later after the scandal, we finally find out what happened. And it turns out that phishing attacks were indeed used to target the celebrities. More →
No, it’s not going to be enough to appease prospective iPhone 6s owners entirely, but Apple has finally bumped up the capacity of its paid iCloud storage tiers at no additional cost. If you’re already signed up for iCloud storage, you were automatically upgraded on September 16th, but for everyone else, keep reading to see how the new pricing shakes out. More →
As an end user, it’s often difficult to truly appreciate how complex some of the solutions we take for granted really are. Case in point: iCloud. Apple’s cloud sync and storage solution got off to a rocky start as MobileMe, and there were still some wrinkles to be ironed out when it was reinvented as iCloud. If you knew how complex remote sync technology really is, you’d be shocked. Instead, you just snap a pic on your iPhone, it pops up on your Mac and iPad, and you go on about your business. That’s the beauty of well-made solutions: They get out of our way and blend into the background.
Impressive though iCloud may be, it’s still perceived as a very pricey solution compared to rival offerings like Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. As such, there’s a new idea being tossed around that might help make Apple’s iCloud a huge value for iPhone users, and potentially help Apple steal business away from rival cloud storage providers. More →
Losing data in the cloud is a tragically hopeless feeling.
Although Apple’s iCloud service is incredibly convenient for accessing files between different devices without having to manually move them around, we’ve all heard the horror stories of files being inexplicably lost or accidentally deleted. Thankfully, Apple knows that we all make mistakes, so there’s a way to get the data back. More →
iPhone storage can be a problem for many users, especially handset owners who love taking pictures, recording videos and storing lots of digital content on the device. The issue is even bigger if you have 8GB or 16GB iPhones and you don’t want to pay for an Apple’s iCloud subscription plan that would get you more cloud storage than the free 5GB of iCloud space that comes with every iTunes account. However, there’s an insanely simple iPhone trick that lets you instantly get free iCloud storage. More →