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Apple is saying that a "misunderstanding" caused it to briefly advise a Victoria, British Columbia woman seeking to transfer her late husband's digital account to her own name that she would need a court order, rather than the usual proof of death. Peggy Bush, 72, and her daughter Donna sought to have the Apple ID password of her deceased husband's account transferred to Mrs. Bush, in part because she wished to continue playing a freemium card game (and presumably access other data) on his iPad.
Earlier today, Apple released the latest iteration of its iCloud for Windows functionality. Now on version 5, the utility allows users of Windows 7 and newer access to and allows modification of photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other data stored in Apple's cloud storage service.
Apple on Wednesday added its selective friends-and-family tracking service Find My Friends to its iCloud.com site, letting users sign in on any Internet-connected device to locate friends or loved ones who have the app on their mobile devices and have agreed to have their location revealed to the user. Participants can opt to change status at any time or enable (or disable) the tracking for select periods, such as when a family is visiting a theme park and wants to each go their separate ways.
Apple has implemented its pricing structure changes to iCloud, one it initially revealed during last week's "Hey Siri" special event. The iCloud storage plan changes to existing subscribers started being implemented yesterday around the world, the same day as iOS 9 became available to download to devices, with the plans reduced from four paid tiers to just three, with each offering better value to users than the previous charges.
In light of Wednesday's announcements about iCloud storage, we thought it might be a good time to go over the various services (sometimes a bit confusing) that iCloud offers these days, with a particular eye now on its value for off-site storage of data, given the new and in some cases dramatically-lower pricing. There's plenty of competition, of course, but Apple does sweeten the pot with a few, perhaps compelling, advantages that may -- for some -- be worth a second look.
Earlier today, as part of its unveiling of the new iPhones and other products at its special event, Apple revealed it was cutting the price of iCloud storage. Customers can pay $1 per month to get 50GB of online storage, an increase from 20GB previously, while those with greater data storage needs can get 200GB of storage for $3 per month, saving $1. Buying a whole terabyte of storage now costs just $10 per month, half its previous price.
We're looking at you and we're thinking you've got an iPhone and an iPad, maybe an iPhone and a Mac. Possibly all three: you look professional and that tends to mean you can make great use of all of these but, face it, professional doesn't mean made of money. If you do have more than one Apple device, though, you can use iCloud Tabs and you will the second you know what they are –– and you do one thing to make them work.
A new "data restore" option has appeared on iCloud.com allowing users to "roll back" recently-deleted documents, and Contacts or Calendar edits. The service now saves "snapshots" of recent states and lets users revert back to them, recovering files and changes accidentally deleted or changed. The "restore" options are fairly well-hidden at present, but are found in the Advanced Settings page of the web site.
Greek users of iCloud are being assisted by Apple during its ongoing financial crisis, by providing an extension to their accounts. Customers in Greece are unable to make transactions out of the country, including payments to app stores and other online subscriptions, so Apple is helping with the addition of 30 more days to paid iCloud plans, in order to prevent an interruption of service to any of its users.
[Updated with new information] Although the system status page for Apple's services continues to report no issues, some users are experiencing issues with iCloud.com, the App Store and other aspects of the service. General syncing seems to be working, but developers are also reporting issues with CloudKit Dashboard. Some users, including MacNN staffers, have reported problems with app updates and iCloud mail accounts as well.