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iCloud and the App Store hit with wide-spread outage

iCloud and the App Store hit with widespread outage [Updated]

Several people are reporting that they are unable to access iCloud, with others also reporting trouble accessing the App Store. iCloud and related services appear to be experiencing a disruption, with several people unable to access Apple's cloud services. Attempting to log into the iCloud...
iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

What's the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream? With iCloud Photo Library, you can store all your photos in iCloud with no limits, unlike the traditional Photo Stream we've been accustomed to for the past few years. As long as you have enough iCloud storage, iCloud Photo...
iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

If you experienced some space issues upgrading to iOS 8 last year, iOS 9 is a welcome change of pace. At WWDC today, Apple announced that anyone should be able to easily get iOS 9 on their device. In contrast to the space issues that many users faced when upgrading to iOS 8, iOS 9 is much,...
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Apple Music FAQ: Everything you need to know

Apple Music FAQ: Everything you need to know

Apple Music is here. We've got the beats and the deets. On Tuesday, June 30, Apple unleashed Apple Music in all its glory — Beats 1 radio, a redesigned music app, and more custom playlists than you can shake a stick at. Here's what Apple Music is, what it's not, how it compares to other services...
iCloud outage takes iCloud Drive, back ups, and more down for some

iCloud services back online after extended service disruption

Update: And it's back. According to Apple, the outage was resolved just before 4:00 p.m. EDT. Original story: A number of iCloud services are down for some users. The disruption, which render services unavailable for some, has been taking place since about 11:30 a.m. EDT. Affected services...
Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?

Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?

Confused about what you get with Apple Music versus what you get with iTunes Match? With the arrival of Apple Music—and its broad claim to make your library's songs streamable alongside its primary streaming collection—those with iTunes Match accounts might be a wee bit confused as to whether...
iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

If you experienced some space issues upgrading to iOS 8 last year, iOS 9 is a welcome change of pace. At WWDC today, Apple announced that anyone should be able to easily get iOS 9 on their device. In contrast to the space issues that many users faced when upgrading to iOS 8, iOS 9 is much,...
How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

Just picked up a HomeKit-compatible gadget? Awesome. Here's how to set it up. Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system — assuming, that is, you've picked up an accessory which works with HomeKit. (If you're not sure, look for the "...
iCloud and the App Store hit with wide-spread outage

iCloud and the App Store hit with widespread outage [Updated]

Several people are reporting that they are unable to access iCloud, with others also reporting trouble accessing the App Store. iCloud and related services appear to be experiencing a disruption, with several people unable to access Apple's cloud services. Attempting to log into the iCloud...
How to manually trigger an iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad

How to manually backup your iPhone or iPad to iCloud or iTunes

Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will automatically backup to iCloud once a day, when it's plugged in and on Wi-Fi, or to iTunes when it connected via USB to your Mac or Windows PC. You can, however, trigger a manual backup at any time. Whether you're traveling, upgrading or replacing a device,...
Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for. Updated on 5/29 10AM ET to add information from Steven Levy's excellent interview with Google Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing  Bradley Horowitz, and to add information about Google's high-...
Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field. I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync...
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It's not you, iCloud is down right now [Updated]

If you're facing issues with iCloud, you're not the only one, as several users on Twitter and Reddit are reporting that they are unable to access the service. The issue seems to be infrastructure-related, with users encountering "server time out" errors after entering their credentials....

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