A number of Twitter users on Monday evening are reporting that iCloud is inaccessible due to what appears to be downtime affecting select Mac and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. The outage is ongoing in the United States, Canada and potentially other regions, as this downtime appears to be a more widescale problem.
Apple was made aware of iCloud ‘brute-force’ hacking method six months before celebrity photos were leaked
In early September, a massive breach resulted in the leak of several celebrity photos in compromising and personal positions. The photos were attributed to iCloud accounts from which the photos had been ascertained. Now, a new report has surfaced stating that Apple was made aware of the method used to access the photos six months before they were leaked online.
With the release of Photos for OS X not slated until early next year, it seemed that there might be no way for Mac customers to view pictures from their iCloud Photo Library without using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A few different screenshots and error messages, however, reveal that Apple could soon be adding a Photos app to iCloud.com.
Apple has long advertised iCloud as being a cloud storage platform for iPhone, iPad and Mac, but it has never had a front-facing file management system like its main competitors in Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. iCloud Drive is about to change that, making the service a much more competitive offering in the cloud storage space.
Apple is set to release its highly-anticipated iOS 8 software update for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models this afternoon, but there is one important recommendation that those upgrading should keep in mind: it is probably in your best interest to avoid enabling iCloud Drive on iOS 8 for the near future. Find out the reason why ahead.
Security has become a big focus for Apple, and rightly so. In early September, following a major hacking incident that involved iCloud, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would be cracking down, implementing new protocols for securing information. He reiterated as much in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.
In early July, it was reported that Apple would be gearing up to add iCloud Drive to the iCloud website, the portal available through a web browser to access content stored in the iCloud storage. That has been confirmed to be the case.
In addition to overhauling its website with new information pertaining to the just announced iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay mobile payments initiative, Apple has posted its new iCloud storage plans and pricing tiers for each. The plans range between 5 GB of storage for free to 1 TB of storage for $19.99 per month.
In the beginning of September, Apple was hit with quite a bit of bad news, especially tied to iCloud and security following a massive compromise of celebrity photographs. The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, came forward and said that several different steps for users when it comes to security would be implemented soon, including alerts for when accounts are accessed, two-step verification, and more.