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.
It’s been a little bit of a stretch since the last iCloud service saw some downtime issues, but now iCloud Mail is being plagued.
Once you’ve upgraded to iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, you’ll be able to share your iCloud storage with every member in your Family Sharing plan (up to 6 members). The sharing takes place seamlessly and you’ll be able to monitor who’s using how much storage.
Apple recently updated its System Status page to better reflect outages and/or issues, but sometimes some issues just sneak through.
Apple is taking a big step to ensure the safety of your iCloud account. Starting June 15, all apps that require iCloud access will need an app-specific password. If you’re already signed into a third-party app with iCloud access through your Apple ID, you will be signed out and will have to generate an app-specific password to sign in again. This mostly pertains to apps like Microsoft Outlook, and Mozilla Thunderbird which can access your iCloud account.