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Apple unveiled the latest version of iOS during today’s WWDC21 event. In addition to major updates to FaceTime, enhanced on-device intelligence, and more ways to explore the world using apps such as Maps, Weather, and Wallet, iOS 15 will also introduce a premium version of its cloud storage and cloud computing service called iCloud+ that carries a variety of new premium features. These include Hide My Email (users can share unique, random email addresses that forward to their personal inbox), expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, and a new internet privacy service called iCloud Private Relay that encrypts all traffic leaving a user’s device when browsing with Safari.

‌iCloud‌+ will be offered to ‌iCloud‌ users at no additional cost, starting as normal with 50GB of storage for $0.99 per month, with the ability to add one ‌HomeKit Secure Video‌ Camera and up to 2TB of storage with unlimited secure video cameras for $9.99 per month.

Sources: Apple (1, 2), MacRumors

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3 Comments

  1. Hmm.

    Apple has had the anonymous email available when using Apple ID for Gamepass / Login use, kinda nice to see it get extended out a bit – hopefully in a non-abusable manner.

    The VPN – if it’s only linked to Safari that kills 75% of the reason to use a VPN. But if it’s system wide it’s a nice security bonus. Of all the major vendors out there – I would not explicitly trust Apple with all my traffic, but they are the only ones who at least seem to give lip service to keeping your data private and secure.

    I think the biggest news is the three weeks of free “unlimited” storage when you purchase a new device – so you can use cloud transfer for data backup and restoration. It’s still a pain if your on archaic Internet, but one less obstacle if you didn’t happen to have a computer handy, and one less reason to need iTunes – which is almost dead and gone now.

    Not really a lot of meat in this release though. Some nice privacy and security points to see.

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