“You are connected iCloud”
If you are using Mac or iPhone or Windows PC. Yes! Even windows machines can be connected to ICloud through Apple ID.
“What is iCloud?”
iCloud is the generic name for all of the cloud based or internet-based services Apple delivers to us whether that’s on a Mac, iPhone, or a PC running Windows.
“ICloud in words of Steve Jobs”
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Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple) introduced iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference, in July 2011. It was the last product being introduced by him and was launched after his demise. “We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device,” Jobs said. “We’re going to move your hub, the centre of your digital life, into the cloud.”
How iCloud works?
ICloud makes data synching very easy! It securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more such applications and keeps them updated across all your devices connected to it. Apple provides 5 GB of free iCloud storage for its users. Well the best part about iCloud is that the user doesn’t always have to manually back up their data to the cloud. It has made this service as easy as charging your devices. So,
every time you plug your apple device into a wall outlet or a computer to charge it, the device will attempt to back itself up to the cloud. It also makes sharing quite easy. First you set up iCloud on your IOS device or mac. Then you sign in to iCloud on your other devices and computers using the same apple ID. Once this is done any changes made of one device will be reflected on the other entire device.
FACT: Apple’s data centre for the cloud is
located in Maiden, North Carolina, The Guardian reported in July. It requires the same amount of power as roughly 14,000 households
“The Journey of iCloud”
Well, every product has a journey and suffers from its highs and lows.
Before the iCloud, there existed a similar service which was known as MobileMe. It was launched on January 5, 2000. It is a subscriptionbased collection of online services. With it you could have a chunk of cloud storage accessible from your Mac computers. It, however, came at a cost. Some of the reasons for its failure were its inability to recover from a miserable debut and its performance remained uneven. Steve Jobs acknowledged this failure and identified the cloud as the obvious next step of his “digital hub” strategy. ICloud finally replaced MobileMe in October 2011. After its launch, Apple made concerted and constant efforts to improve iCloud. While it seemed to remain far from perfect, it embarked in a crusade to change the way customers store and access their files and applications.
What all does iCloud do?
We know till now that the basic purpose of this technology is to share and backup data among all your devices. Apart from this, It also allows to stream music and videos from the cloud. If it were, you could play media content directly from iCloud rather than having to download it first. This could be particularly useful if you have a large music or video collection and don’t want to use up all the available space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. These are partial backups that store only the data you’ve changed on the device.
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If so many similar cloud storage facilities exist then why iCloud?
There are a lot of similar cloud services that exist such as Google Drive, One Drive and Dropbox that facilitate storing of our files.
So, what makes iCloud so different? Well, iCloud
specifically caters to
Apple users and
makes their sharing
and backing up of
data a piece of cake.
But it doesn’t just
stop there. It also has
two distinct features
that other companies
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service uses cloud to help you find your device if
you lose it. It’s called the Find My Device feature.
You have to sign in to iCloud.com or have the Find
My iPhone app, you can see your missing device on a
map or play a sound. It provides an approximate
location of your device. And you can use Lost Mode to
lock, track, or remotely erase all of your personal
information. The second service is the Find My
Friends service which was added to iCloud alongside the launch of iOS 5. It allows users to share their current location with their friends or family. Concurrently with the launch of iOS 5, Apple also released an app for Find My Friends. iOS 6 added location-based alerts to notify the user when a device arrives at a certain location.
The question arise that can we also share and edit documents using iCloud?
Yes! You can even save, edit or share documents using iCloud . We have primarily talked about photos and music being backed up and shared.
Yes, iCloud drive is the answer for that! In the simplest terms, iCloud Drive is Apple’s version of Dropbox. It’s a cloud-based, document-oriented file- storage service that keeps your data in sync between various apple devices. However, it doesn’t operate in the same way as, say, Dropbox or OneDrive. Apple’s cloud storage solution isn’t quite as smooth as Dropbox, but it ties in well with the iPad, iPhone, and Macs. You can also
access iCloud Drive from Windows, so you aren’t locked into Apple’s ecosystem.
How secure is iCloud?
Security is one of the major concerns of any company offering cloud storage. Apple’s iCloud is considered to be one of the most secured cloud storage in the market. Apple’s iCloud is considered to be one of the most secured cloud storage in the market. Subsequently, Tim Cook, Apple’s
CEO, introduced a two-factor authentication. When someone tries changing an account password, restoring iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time, Apple will alert users through email and push notifications. Whenever you try to sign into iCloud on a new device for the first time, you’ll be asked to provide your password and a six-digit code (a complex alphanumeric code, or a generated random code). If your device is “trusted,” the code is displayed automatically. For certain sensitive information, Apple uses end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption provides the highest level of data security. Apple uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption.
FACT: If your game has iCloud support, your game saves can be synced, so you can pause on an iPad and pick up on an iPhone.
What’s next in store for iCloud users?
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As of now, apple provides 5 GB of free storage. But that seems to run out fast and some other storage companies offer more for free. So how is Apple combating with this issue. Apple held an Education Event on March 27, 2018 and added a special free tier for educators and students. Every student that has an Apple ID managed by a school
will have access to 200GB of storage space for
storing assignments, resources, and other
documents in the cloud. This has been limited to
only such students and not for the regular students.
It is quite possible that in the coming future Apple
will look into offering more storage in the free tier,
doubling it to 10GB, or even pushing it to 15GB.
There have long been rumours that Apple is
working on making it possible for you to start
watching a movie or listening to a song on one
device and then finishing it on another via Handoff.
It would be even more interesting if Apple made it
possible for you to access all your music and
movies via iTunes on the web. Apple could add
iTunes to its icloud.com access from any computer