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.
iOS 11 finally adds a file management app to iOS. After 10 years of iOS, the new Files app brings user exposed file system to the iPhone and iPad. And of course, in true Apple sense, this is done in a totally private manner. No system files are accessible by the user.
iOS 11 switches out the old iCloud Drive app for a brand new Files app. Files app brings native file management system for files on your device and the one’s stores in cloud storage services like iCloud Drive, Dropbox and more. Files app is way better than iCloud Drive app from iOS 10. One of the new features in the app is the ability to share and collaborate on files stored in iCloud Drive.