Apple has decided to start building its own servers for cloud storage for a few reasons, one of them being that they believe that some servers they ordered from a traditional server company were tampered with before shipping, with additional chips added to make it easier to tamper with the servers, which would hold customer’s sensitive data. Apple was so suspicious that they even created a task force of people to inspect the servers and document the function of each and every chip involved, requiring an explanation. The findings of this task force aren’t available for public review. They went through all of this to prevent spying on your data, which they have proven that they are very dedicated to doing, as we have seen in their case against the FBI, in which Apple has refused to unlock iPhones belonging to suspected terrorists.
For the time being, however, Apple still relies on third party providers for at least some of it’s cloud hosting, including Amazon and Google. These partners seem to be equally committed to security, though they have been notoriously silent on the issue of Apple being asked to unlock the iPhones. Apple has five other projects in the works, besides this one, that will help them detach from these third party partners, who also happen to be the company’s largest rivals. They plan to build networking equipment and other things that will help them provide seamless and secure cloud storage to their customers, without fear of outsiders tampering.
It’s nice to see a company so devoted to public privacy. It seems like Apple is one of the most devoted to protecting their customers’ information, or perhaps they are just the most vocal about it.
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