Russian security researcher Vladimir Katalov gave a talk last week at Hack in the Box security conference detailing his findings on Apple's iCloud protocols. Katalov's research highlights several shortcomings in iCloud's security model, including the fact that iCloud data is not protected by the two-step verification system Apple rolled out earlier this year.
Napkin is a Mac-only app that stores and syncs its documents on iCloud, Apple's ubiquitous online service. It has no iOS version. Nothing for iPhone. Nothing for iPad. Yet, with iOS 7, you can now drill down into Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage, select Napkin, and delete any of its saved documents with a single swipe and two taps.
It's Tuesday, October 1, 2013, which means that if you're a former MobileMe user, you've lost 20GB of free storage on iCloud unless you've migrated to a new paid plan. The upgrade expired on September 30th.
When MobileMe closed its doors and we moved to iCloud, Apple rewarded paying customers 20GB of free storage for a limited time. That limited time is soon up as of September 30, and Apple is again sending out notes reminding on this fact, according to 9to5Mac:
If you've just upgraded to a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c from an older generation iPhone, transferring your data including contacts, calendars, photos, and more couldn't be any easier if you've been good about creating backups in either iCloud or iTunes. Both make it incredibly easy for you to get the data from your old iPhone onto your new one with little effort on your part.
Alongside the release of iOS 7, Apple has also pushed out an update to its iCloud for Windows control panel. The bump to version 3.0 brings the standard mail, contacts and calendars syncing still, but now adds bookmark sync support for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.
After having been in beta for the past little while, the newly redesigned iCloud.com website has gone live ahead of the iOS 7 launch. Anyone logging into it for the first time will instantly notice the redesign itself takes a lot of its inspiration from iOS 7, creating a simpler and more refined user interface.
Though still in beta, Apple has expanded their iCloud.com offering to include the iWork suite of apps for the first time. But, what other services would you like to see Apple bring to iCloud.com? There's so much potential for web based products, with a number of competing service providers already offering a wide variety of products, but many of Apple's offerings still rely upon native applications for OS X and Windows.
The closed developer beta version of iCloud has gotten a makeover that, at least based on the publicly available login screen, shows every sign of iOS 7's distinctive design language. You've got a flat white box with minimalist, type-centric elements over a blurred layer with a hint of iOS 7-style mail, contacts, calendar, reminders, find my iPhone, and, presumably, iWork behind it.