Microsoft recently surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the United States, but it hasn’t been all good news for the company this month.
If you are using a Windows machine, then you may have run into an issue updating to the desktop operating system’s latest version in more than one occasion.
It has been a bit of time since some kind of outage hit iCloud services, but here we are just before October wraps up and the company is seeing several yellow lights across its services page.
Apple is offering a free month of paid iCloud storage to customers who have nearly exhausted their free 5GB quota and are not subscribed to one of its paid storage plans. While the first month is free, after that, users will automatically be charged either $0.99 per month for 50GB of iCloud storage space or $2.99/month for 200GB of space depending on the storage tier they selected for the trial.
iCloud service launched in 2011 with iOS 5. Since then, the free iCloud tier has stayed at 5 GB. It’s been 7 years of not so substantial iCloud upgrades. While the iCloud sync is way more reliable, iCloud’s feature set has remained the same over all these years. If Apple is serious about Apple services, iCloud needs to be much better.
Apple has decided to move into the open source space with one more project, bringing FoundationDB, its cloud database, over to GitHub.
Apple’s iCloud service isn’t a stranger to outages and issues, unfortunately, but today’s is casting a wide net across several different services.
Apple announced yesterday that users living in China will have their iCloud data migrated to a local server under the periphery of Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD). This move was marked as controversial given that GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government. The general consensus is that any Chinese government is notoriously lax when it comes to user privacy laws.
If you are using the sharing feature with either Apple’s Notes app, or the suite of iWork apps, but running into an inability to actually share anything, you aren’t alone.