Apple users usually have a peace of mind when it comes to software ecosystem featured by their products. However, several issues have affected users recently.
First was the confirmation that older iPhone models were intentionally throttled by the software to conserve battery. Followed by the Meltdown and Spectre threat, where firmware updates intended to secure the ARM-based processors allegedly affected performance.
Now, iOS users reportedly received e-mails from the company, which notifies them that their iCloud data is being migrated to servers in China.Naturally, concerns about privacy as well as complaints were directed to Apple.
New Data Center
The American technology firm quickly clarified that it was most likely a server error since the e-mail was intended for users based in China. The manufacturer apparently wanted to announce its compliance with the local laws.
iCloud users who have set the country to China for their Apple ID or those located within the borders of the country are included. All of their data will be moved to servers hosted by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co, Ltd., which is supposedly owned by the state.
Due to the abovementioned activity, it appears that some users who are based in the United States were also notified of the migration. This most likely created confusion among customers who were concerned about data safety.
The company quickly sent out an e-mail to clarify any misunderstanding that the first one might have brought.
"You recently received an email from us notifying you about an incoming change or iCloud service in China. This email was sent in error. No changes have been made to your iCloud account. We are very sorry that you received this email. This email was intended only for customers whose Apple ID country is China. A very small number of our customers whose Apple ID country is not China also received this email by mistake," Apple stated.
Meltdown And Spectre Updates
After last week's announcement regarding the CPU vulnerabilities discovered by Google's Project Zero, Apple wasted no time and advised its users to update their devices to the latest firmware. A tech researcher conducted a test to verify if the new patch can affect the smartphone's performance. Several models were tested, which included an iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and an iPhone 8.
So far, the results confirmed that the new firmware update intended to fix the exploit will not affect the CPU. However, this applies to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 only since the iPhone 6 results are still subject to further investigation.