Apple admits using Google for iCloud

Apple uses Google cloud to store data on iCloud services the company confirms

Apple confirmed that they will now employ Google Cloud and Amazon's S3 service to power their very own Apple iCloud for storing encrypted data, replacing their previous usage of Microsoft Azure. Since years, the document has been notifying that iCloud services relied on the remote data storage systems provided by Microsoft's Azure as well as Amazon Web Services.

The document, last updated in March 2017, formerly also mentioned Microsoft's Azure, but the change in language doesn't necessarily indicate Apple has stopped using Azure.

The iOS Security Guide assures people that this isn't the case, as Apple says that encrypted chunks of files are stored without any kind of user-identifying information in these third-party storage services.

There's no indication of whether Apple is simply using Google's cloud for cheap and efficient storage of photos and backups, or whether Google's more advanced cloud features are coming into play.

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This disclosure is great news for Google since this collaboration would help them compete with the massive giants like Amazon and Microsoft who are running a great show in cloud infrastructure business. The keys and the file's metadata are stored by Apple in the user's iCloud account. In that file, the company recognized that some encrypted sections of some iOS data were saved both in S3 and Azure. The admission was made in the company's most recent update to its iOS Security Guide, spotted by CNBC. In other words, your iCloud data might live on Google's servers, but Google itself has no way of cracking it open and seeing your content.

It's no secret, Apple has been relying on third-party cloud companies for iCloud.

For the hosting, Apple will begin storing cryptographic keys for Chinese users' iCloud accounts in China instead of the United States for the first time. Apple has not shared further information and is reluctant to do so. The document also failed to mention when the Cupertino firm decided to make the switch from its previous service providers. What makes this all a little awkward is that CEO Tim Cook has taken potshots at Google over data hoarding and privacy.

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