Apple just confirmed that it has been using Google’s cloud service to store the iCloud data. In the publicly available iOS security documentation, the iPhone maker has disclosed that it relies on Google’s cloud storage system for its iCloud services. However, the company didn't reveal what kind of data it stores under Google cloud service.
Apple updates the iOS security PDF document available on the website frequently with new reports. For, years the document stated that the tech giant uses the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure for storing its huge iCloud data. But, the document updated last January reveals that the company is now using the Google cloud service and S3 (part of AWS). However, the document did not reveal anything about when Apple joined hands with Google for the cloud storage deal. Prior to this, the company last updated its document back in March 2017.
“The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform", Apple wrote.
The cloud storage deal update has been reported by CNN first, however, this is not for the first time we heard it. Earlier published CRN report had also revealed that Apple was planning to shift its cloud storage partnership in order to look for more economical options. This results in Apple replacing the Microsoft's Azure with Google cloud storage for the iCloud services.
“ iCloud stores a user’s contacts, calendars, photos, documents, and more and keeps the information up to date across all of their devices, automatically. iCloud can also be used by third-party apps to store and sync documents as well as key values for app data as defined by the developer. Users set up iCloud by signing in with an Apple ID and choosing which services they would like to use. iCloud features, including My Photo Stream, iCloud Drive, and iCloud Backup, can be disabled by IT administrators via MDM configuration profiles. The service is agnostic about what is being stored and handles all file content the same way, as a collection of bytes.” Apple updated in the document ”.
Apple also assured its users that all the iCloud data has been encrypted by the company using AES-128 encryption and other safety measures. So even though, Google holds the iCloud user’s personal data, but it isn't possible for Google to access documents. Moreover, Apple is known for securing the user’s personal data with unbreakable security aspects and doesn’t use the data for monetizing purpose.
Apart from Apple moving towards a better option to cut pay for storage services the move also came as a win for Google against Microsoft Azure and other cloud storage service providers.