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In January of this year, Apple has announced that data stored in iCloud accounts in China will be moved from US servers to servers in China, and Chinese servers will be fully represented by local companies in Guizhou. The relocation work begins on February 28.


As of now, all the migrations have been completed. Today, we also learned that the Apple has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the first China data center on Friday, which will be located in Gui'an New Area, Guizhou Province.

It’s expected that the center to offer iCloud services on the mainland China by 2020. The under constructing building will be jointly built by Apple and Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), and it's said to cover about 67 hectares in Guian New Area.

Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple's vice president and managing director for Greater China spoke about the project during China International Big Data Industry Expo 2018 in Guizhou that data stored in iCloud will reduce delays, improve stability, and enhance the iCloud user experience.

In order to attract more free iCloud users to pay for storage upgrades, Apple has just launched a promotional campaign, that is, when users select the 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB storage solutions, they will enjoy the first month for free. (Via AppleInsider)


When these users are performing iCloud cloud backup, a window will pop up prompting the user to upgrade, especially for those that do not have enough storage to do so. "You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone. A 50 GB plan gives you plenty of space to continue backing up your iPhone. Your first month is free and it’s just $0.99 each month after,” reads the message.

Shortly when the trial ended, all plans will be cost at normal price: $0.99 for 50GB, while the 200GB and 2TB plans cost $2.99 and $9.99, respectively, However, If you are already on a paid iCloud tier, you are not eligible for a free trial even if you choose to upgrade to a bigger storage plan.

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Apple has confirmed on its latest version of iOS Security Guide that it's using Google Cloud Platform for storing encrypted iCloud account data, but it doesn't include any of the user-identifying information. It wasn't being noticed until it was spotted by CNBC's Jordan Novet earlier today.

Google won't able to accessing these encrypted data, so there's no way to tie even that to any particular individual. Even though that Apple doesn’t go into specifics about its use of third-party servers, it's also possible that a same user data is spread across more than one platform.

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Piror this, Apple used Microsoft Azure for its iCloud storage, but now is replaced by Google Cloud Platform. On the other hand, the company's still rely on the Amazon's S3 web service for additional storage.

iCloud Data stored on Google may include contacts, calendars, photos, videos, documents, and so on. but Apple is keen to stress that Google has no means of accessing that data, as each file is broken into chunks and encrypted with AES-128 and SHA-256 keys.

As Apple released first iOS 11.3 beta last week, developers keep digging into the update to discovering more feature, and now pieces of evidence have emerged showing the company has a new single sign-on like service for the web in development.

According to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, that he found a new component which so-called SecureChannel hints that Apple is working on a solution to allow users to log in to websites using their Apple ID, much like some website that can login in with Google and Facebook.


Rambo says strings found in SecureChannel mention that a website use the authentication method will be able to access the user’s personal iCloud data, it is not clear which of data exactly, but the developer believes it might be limited to the user’s real name and e-mail address.

This neat feature is also said to allow users to scan a QR Code that prompts for Apple ID authentication when scanned using the native Camera app. This could be another benefit for Apple ID users, with the ability to log in to 3rd party websites without having to worry about creating a new user and password.

What's your thought on this? Could it replace Facebook And Google's single sign-on feature, are you looking forward to it? Share your comments in the comment section below!

Via 9to5Mac, Image Credit CNET
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