Apple to store Chinese iCloud accounts and keep cryptography keys in China starting February 28th

A local law in China is forcing Apple to host Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in a data center inside China starting on February 28th. Besides keeping these accounts domestically in China, Apple will also be storing in the country the cryptographic keys needed to unlock them. Previously, both the accounts and the keys were held in the U.S., which meant that Chinese authorities needing to unlock a Chinese iCloud account had to go through the U.S. legal system.

Once these accounts and the keys start to be held in China on February 28th, the Chinese government and law enforcement will be able …

Chinese company will operate local Apple iCloud accounts, starting February

In a bid to comply with the China’s cloud computing regulations, Apple has granted permission to local company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) to operate Apple iCloud services on the territory of mainland China. The contract between the two companies comes into force next month, iCloud accounts outside of China won’t be affected by the change.

Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple last year invested $1bn …

Apple Clips on iPhone X updated with 360-degree selfie video recording, iCloud integration

As it stands, Apple Clips is sort of a middle ground between iOS’s automatic slideshow feature and the much more involved iMovie. The app was made with short videos in mind and offers users a wide variety of built-in image filters to toy around with, as well as the so-called Live Titles, which are basically animated (and optionally user-voiced) captions to go along with videos.

Clips launched back in March and now it’s getting its second big update in the form of iCloud integration and 360-degree selfies. Dubbed Selfie Scenes, the new feature makes use …

Analyst: Apple should bundle subscriptions to Apple Music and iCloud with the $1,000 iPhone 8

There has been a lot of muttering under the breathes of many potential buyers of the tenth anniversary iPhone model whenever the potential price range of the device is mentioned. The latest rumored price range has the Apple iPhone 8, as the phone is currently known as, priced from $1,000 to as high as $1,400. And while Samsung almost hit the four digit price mark with the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 8 priced at $929.99, at least one analyst thinks that Apple will have to resort to offering a services bundle to get consumers to pony up $1,000 or more for the tenth anniversary iPhone.

Analyst …

Do you pay for extra cloud storage (Drive, iCloud, OneDrive etc.)? How much do you need?

We live in the era of mobile computing, or even post-PC era if you will. Our smartphones are used to access everything from the funny picture we took at that one party, to our favorite music, to that document that we need to be printed for the meeting. And handsets also come with the limitation of sometimes having quite the small storage space.

So, cloud services have emerged — storing your data on a server far away, you can still access it from absolutely any device. In fact, a lot of times it’s easier and faster to just Google Drive a document to yourself, instead of looking for a cable …

Apple slashes top-tier iCloud storage price in half

The last time when Apple revised its iCloud storage offerings was a week before the iPhone 7 launch event last September, when a new 2TB tier was introduced. Now, right after WWDC 2017, Cupertino cut the price of this option in half – from $19.99 to $9.99 per month. Another change that was quietly made: the company has removed the 10-dollar 1TB storage tier. 

If you purchased a 1TB monthly plan before June 5, 2017, your account was upgraded automatically to a 2TB monthly plan.
So in short, here’s how all of iCloud’s tiers currently stand …

Deleted iPhone Notes found to remain in iCloud storage long after their 30-day expiration time

Russian company Elcomsoft has a thing about breaking into Apple software and pointing out security flaws. It’s a darn fine sport if you really know what you are doing, and the Russkies do.

Their latest discovery is that notes written into the Notes app and sync’d to iCloud remain in storage after the user deletes them, and long after the 30-day period of keeping them in the “Recently Deleted” category has expired. This goes contrary to Apple’s claim that notes are permanently deleted after 30 days. They might be – on your iOS device – but their ghosts remain in the cloud.

Thankfully, …

Backup and Transfer Data to iPhone 6 (Plus) with iTunes and iCloud before iOS 8 Upgrade

You may be on the edge of your chair to transfer photos, contacts, images, files, messages and other data saved in your old iPhone to your new-brought iPhone 6 to enjoy its amazing new features. According to the user feedback on various forums about transferring data to iPhone 6, the biggest problem users encounter when they transfer their personal stuff is that many of them loss the data of the old iPhone. How to transfer data to new iPhone 6 without any loss? To get the data loss problem solved and finish iPhone transfer easily, you can just rely on the Apple specially designed applications iTunes or iCloud to backup iPhone and transfer data from the old iPhone to iOS 8 device iPhone 6 (Plus). Keep scrolling and follow the following few simple steps to transfer contacts, messages, photos etc to the new iPhone 6 (Plus).

Transfer Data From iPhone to iPhone 6 (Plus) with iTunes

iTunes is a media player, media library, and mobile device management application developed by Apple, with which you can back up and transfer contacts, settings, app data, messages, and photos and all other personal data to iOs 8 devices iPhone 6 (Plus). The data transfer process is actually composed of two steps: data backup and data transfer to the new iPhone. Before you start, make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1: Backup iPhone to iTunes

1. Connect your iOS 8 device to your computer and open iTunes. Then open Choose File > Devices > Back up.
2. Click Back Up Now. iTunes will proceed to store your phone’s data on your computer. You can verify that the backup was successful by clicking preferences and then selecting the Devices tab.

Step 2: Transfer Data from an iTunes Backup

1. After the data backup, you can transfer data from iTunes to iPhone 6 (Plus) and other iOS 8 device now. Connect your iOS 8 device to the computer and open iTunes. Choose File > Devices > Restore from Back up.
2. Choose Restore from Backup and then you can choose the backup file of your old iPhone and begin to transfer iTunes library backup to your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Transfer Data From iPhone to iPhone 6 (Plus) with iCloud

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple. iCloud not only allows you to access music, photos, documents, and more from whatever device, but also helps to backup iPhone wirelessly and automatically. Similar to iTunes, to transfer data to new iPhone 6, there are still two steps to go.

Step 1: Backup iPhone to iCloud

1. Select iCloud on your iPhone and open it. Scroll down and tap the “Backup” option. Slide the “iCloud Backup” switch to On. Your device will automatically backup data when connected to a power source and a wireless network: Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
2. Click Back Up Now to backup iPhone automatically.

Step 2: Transfer Data from an iCloud Backup

1.In order to set iPhone 6 as the new device, open Settings, tap General and then scroll down and select “Reset”. Choose “Erase All Content. Tape “Erase iPhone” to confirm: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will remove all content from your device, so do this only if you already have a backup.
2. You will then be asked if you want to restore your phone from a backup. Choose the “Restore from iCloud Backup” option and transfer contacts, photos, images, files etc backed up in iCloud.

A Professional Tool to Help You Play Transferred Data on iPhone 6 (Plus)

After you transfer contacts, images, messages, files etc from the old device to the new iPhone 6 (Plus), you can enjoy all the new features brought by iOS 8 iPhone 6 with all your data reserved. However, chances are that some of the data, like videos transferred from the previous device can’t be played or opened in your new gadget due to different screen ratios and resolutions. This problem in fact can also be easily solved with a professional video converter MacX Video Converter Pro. This video converter enables you to convert any video to iPhone 6 (Plus) video formats MP4, MOV, or M4V, as well as other iOS 8-based devices like iPhone 5S/5C, iPad Air, iPod Touch, etc. It can also make photo slideshow with your precious photos for smooth playback on iPhone 6 (Plus) which come along with iOS 8.

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Reasons Behind the iOS 8 Update Data Loss Problem

Many users may wonder why they lose their device data. To aviod other data loss in the future, here we list the most common resons responsible for the data loss problem.

1) To get enough updating space, many users have to delete some data in device, such as photos, videos, messages, contacts etc to get their devic updated.
2) iOS 8 update failure. Problems appeared in the process of upgrading their iPhone to iOS 8, resulting in loss of iOS data.
3) Go to recovery mode. The device goes to the Recovery Mode and leads to data loss.

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Apple’s Cloud Storage Pricing & Plans at 2016

Apple updated own Cloud Storage pricing and plans strategy for fall 2015 – spring 2016. Today you can see new iCloud Price for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It’s very nice news for all, who have “old” 20GB, 200GB and 1TB plans.


How much icloud storage do i need?

5GB – Free. Hmmm.

50GB – $0.99. Very nice price for emails, messages and storage.

200GB – $2.99. Best storage plan for photos, downloads.

1TB (1024GB) – $9.99. Best iCloud storage plan for your business.

With Apple iCloud Storage, we can safely store all our documents in iCloud and access them from our iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or even PC. It’s very nice for business and lifestyle. And on your iOS device, those documents are easier than ever to find — thanks to the new Apple’s iCloud Srtvice app built into iOS 9, which lets you access all the files you store in iCloud from one convenient place.