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 →
Starting shortly before noon ET on Wednesday, July 1st, Apple began to report outages for several of its major services.
According to the ‘System Status’ page on Apple’s website, iCloud Drive, My Photo Stream, iWork for iCloud, Backup & Restore, iPhoto Journals, iMessage attachments, Mail Drop and iMovie Theater have all been experiencing issues during this period. More →
Bad news, Apple fans: you may wake up on Thursday to find that a whole host of Apple’s cloud-based services are completely down or at least slow to respond this morning. Apple’s service status page shows that 11 different services in total are experiencing downtime or are at least having problems that will cause them to perform slowly for some users.
Here’s the complete list of affected services: More →
At some point in the past few days, Apple unexpectedly pulled the Photos app from iCloud.com. Logging into the site, you might notice that there is an icon missing from the main menu page. Apple hasn’t given any explanation for the disappearance of the app, but some believe that this is a sign that the company is finally ready to launch a native, full-featured Photos app for Mac OS X. More →
One of the most infamous Internet events of 2014 might be doomed to repeat itself. Business Insider reports that a hacker known as Pr0x13 has released a tool called iDict on GitHub that is capable of bypassing restrictions and authentication on any iCloud account, potentially giving hackers unfettered access to iOS devices. More →
After having to deal with the iCloud-related Nudegate scandal, stop the Chinese iCloud attacks, and reassure users that its cloud has not been hacked, Apple might have a new iCloud problem to deal with, as various people report that Apple is silently uploading unsaved documents to iCloud after a Mac is updated to Yosemite. More →