Many iCloud users are reporting that they have been unable to access iCloud Mail and Notes since the last couple of hours. Apple has also confirmed the outage on its service status page which affects “multiple iCloud services,” with around 0.86% of iCloud users being affected by it.
Apple has plans, according to unofficial reports, to adopt its own in-house cloud infrastructure and move away from third-party options, but those efforts are apparently being slowed by in-house conflict.
Apple is reportedly teaming up with China-based server supplier Inspur as it looks to bring its iCloud data services in-house. The company currently relies on Amazon and Google for its data center needs, but it is looking to cut costs as demand for its cloud services grows.
Leading into the weekend, some iCloud users are experiencing some downtime in services attached to Apple’s cloud platform.
Apple is making changes to the way it handles its expanding cloud infrastructure, as many reports over the last few weeks have outlined, and yet another one adds even more details to the mix.
Right now, Apple utilizes Amazon Web Services for some of its iCloud-specific needs, but that could be changing soon.
Apple is working to strengthen iCloud encryption amid its battle with the FBI over an iPhone backdoor. As things stand, the Cupertino company has access to the data backed up to iCloud, and can hand it over in cases like those over the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter — but now it wants to change that.