Apple has just given their iCloud beta site a pretty dramatic makeover – and they took a leaf out of the iOS 7 design book to do it! As first noted by 9to5Mac, the beta.icloud.com site, available to all registered Apple developers and many consumers who have been invited to participate, has been completely redesigned with a flatter, smoother iOS 7-inspired look.
Apple is sending out emails to former MobileMe users that the free 20GB of extra storage they’ve been receiving since the transition to iCloud will be reduced to the standard 5GB plan on September 30th.
Apple’s iWork for iCloud beta has been available to developers for over a month – but according to 9to5Mac, Apple is now inviting non-developers to begin testing the new cloud-based document editing suite as well. Emails intercepted by 9to5Mac reveal that users are being asked to test out the new service and provide feedback to Apple on its functionality.
Apple recently introduced its iWork for iCloud beta during the Worldwide Developers Conference. Soon after, the company began sending invitations to try out the cloud based apps to registered developers.
Apple has made the iWork for iCloud versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers available to registered developers as a beta release. The new, browser-based version of Apple’s popular office suite was announced on Monday at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
Today, Apple unveiled a new version of iWork, and this time, it’s all based on the cloud – iCloud, that is! iWork for iCloud brings Apple’s full productivity suite to your browser, complete with full compatibility with Microsoft Office, the ability to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and more.
Also announced at WWDC 2013 are new features coming to OS X Mavericks. In the next major version of OS X, users will be able to access Apple’s Maps and iBooks platforms, and can also use iCloud to cloud-sync password and login information.
Among the many updates delivered in Apple’s recent quarterly conference call, the company noted that iCloud is now up to an impressive 300 million users – that’s a 20% increase from the 250 million reported last quarter, and a 200% increase from the 100 million users reported one year ago.
Some users of Apple’s online services might be having problems accessing certain areas of the service.
A number of users are experiencing problems as an outage of Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime services has occurred. Downtime is currently nearing two hours as of the time of this article.
While Apple’s Reno, NV data center project was thought to just be in the planning stages, it turns out that the initial piece of the project is just days from going online.
Apple cloud services are certainly not without fault – for instance, the system has experience more outages than any of its competitors. According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, however, that hasn’t prevented iCloud from becoming the most-used cloud service in the U.S.!
If you’re looking for a way to secure your Apple ID against hijacking and password theft, enabling Apple’s new two-step authentication is a huge step in the right direction. This adds a second layer of protection on top of your password, ensuring that only you are able to make purchases or modify information in your Apple account.
Massive Apple ID Security Hole Allows Password Resets Using Only Your Email Address and Date of Birth
Apple’s introduction of two-step authentication for Apple IDs was a great step forward in helping users protect their account security – but according to The Verge, a new security bug has been discovered which allows anyone to reset your Apple ID password using only your email address and password. Notably, the issue only affects customers who have NOT enabled two-step verification.
Apple’s iCloud and Apple ID security has been behind for a long time – but today, Apple has finally decided to beef up their security by adding the option for two-step verification for iCloud and Apple ID logins. Two-step verification adds an additional security code on top of your password, which is required to log in and make changes to your account.
Apple and Adobe haven’t always gotten along well in the past, especially when it comes to Flash Player (Steve Jobs was publicly vocal about his disdain for Flash Player, especially on iOS devices) – but according to CNBC, Adobe’s Chief Technology Office will be abandoning his position at Adobe in favor of a new role on Apple’s executive team.