How to use iCloud Keychain to sync passwords across Apple devices

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Setting up iCloud Keychain is extremely straightforward and easy.
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Nobody likes having to type a password every time they need to sign in to a website or service. iCloud Keychain is Apple’s take on simplifying password management across the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It securely stores your user names, passwords, and credit and debit card details, then auto-fills fields when required. It can also generate strong passwords and sync Wi-Fi credentials.

If you’re deep into the Apple ecosystem, it might be a good idea to start using this handy feature. Before we dive in to use it, let’s have a look at all the features of iCloud Keychain.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs acknowledges MobileMe failure

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MobileMe was the failed precursor to iCloud.
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August 4: Today in Apple historyAugust 4, 2008: Steve Jobs acknowledges mistakes in launching MobileMe, spinning the bungled cloud service rollout as a learning opportunity for Apple.

“It was a mistake to launch MobileMe at the same time as iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store,” Jobs writes in an email to Apple employees. “We all had more than enough to do, and MobileMe could have been delayed without consequence.”

Apple officially adds services to business strategy

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Services like the App Store are a huge money maker.
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How to share your iCloud storage plan with family members

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Sharing a big storage plan can save money, and make things simpler.
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In iOS 11, you can share your iCloud storage with family members. This is a big deal, thanks to the new supersize iCloud plans, which make it a lot cheaper to buy a single 2TB plan and share it among all your family members.

With all that storage available, you can keep a huge iCloud Photo Library, and take full advantage of the new Files app in iOS 11. Never again will you run out of storage on your iPhone, iPad or the MacBook you foolishly specced at just 128GB of storage space. Here’s how to share iCloud storage with your family members.

New Apple data center will boost iCloud in China

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iCloud servers are operating by third-parties in China.
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Apple will help launch a new data center in the Guizhou province of China to boost iCloud services locally.

A new report claims the company has signed a cooperation agreement with the government to invest $1 billion in the facility, which will be maintained by a third-party.

PhoneRescue makes iPhone data loss less scary

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PhoneRescue shows that depth and flexibility are key with mobile data recovery.
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Apple stakes a claim over smart headsets

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Is Apple about to dive deeper into AR?
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Apple has updated its iCloud trademark to cover “smartglasses” and headsets.

The company has been on a mission to add new devices to many of its filings in recent months, but its latest update is particularly interesting following the introduction of ARKit at WWDC.

Free tool makes wirelessly backing up iOS devices a breeze

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Backups have never been simpler.
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Backing up your iOS devices can be a pain — but not if you have iMazing Mini, a smart yet simple new tool from DigiDNA that makes backups a breeze.

It not only gives you more control over your data, but it can perform backups wirelessly on a schedule that suits you. It also has a whole bunch of other awesome features, and it’s completely free — without any pesky ads.

Two-factor authentication required for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

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iCloud servers are operating by third-parties in China.
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Apple will automatically migrate iCloud users to two-step verification when they upgrade to iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra.

Apple says its “most advanced” account security is required to use some of the latest features of its operating systems, so it’s no longer optional if you plan on updating your devices.