Apple turns to Google for help storing some iCloud accounts – Los Angeles Times

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have actually publicly fought each others over patents, privacy protections and the focus of app-makers.

But they’ve additionally colluded in the past to not poach each others’ workers, shared revenue from Google searches on iPhones, and agreed to fight the FBI over demands to weaken smartphone security.

Now, both Silicon Valley companies have actually discovered a brand-new position to get hold of along: the cloud.

In recent months, Apple has actually begun placing some users’ iCloud data, including backed-up photos and messages, in online storage operated by Google, according to a individual familiar along with the matter Yet not allowed to speak publicly concerning the deal. Trade publication CRN initial reported on the shift Wednesday.

It’s surprising at initial glance that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook would trust his users’ iCloud accounts to a firm whose company model he has actually indirectly described as “wrong” since it involves “gobbling up” customer data to serve them relevant ads.

But Apple desperately calls for storage space as it functions to make its own cloud capacity. By turning to Google, Apple won’t face any sort of brand-new security risks, analysts said. Google will certainly produce revenue in the deal, Yet it won’t have the ability to mine any sort of Apple customers’ data.

Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are the global leaders in cloud computing, which allows others companies to get access to a network of computers to store data as required free of having to manage the expansive infrastructure themselves. Apple has actually said it’s a customer of the 2 Amazon and Microsoft.

Google, which has actually been a distant competitor in cloud computing, has actually been aggressively pricing its service to attract big-name customers. It recently signed music-streaming app Spotify and counts Venice chat app start-up Snapchat as a longtime customer. Yet taking over a part of Apple’s calls for appears to be its biggest deal yet, experts have actually said.

It’s unclear whether Apple signed with Google since it prefers to push for lesser prices from every one of its cloud providers, to safeguard itself versus outages on a solitary vendor, or to usage some personal tools Google offers, said Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst at consulting firm Forrester Research. 

Whatever the mix of reasons, the easy set-up along with any sort of cloud provider is the same, according to Apple. Data stored along with one more firm is encrypted, or scrambled utilizing a digital lock, Apple says. And it doesn’t discuss the essential along with the other companies. That means law enforcement seeking someone’s iCloud data would certainly still should ask Apple for help, very compared to the storage provider. 

Apple is reportedly functioning to make technology in which it would certainly not have actually a essential at all, giving users’ sole manage to unscramble encrypted data. 

paresh.dave@latimes.com

Twitter: @peard33

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