How to use iOS 11.3’s iMessages in iCloud

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Clouds, unlike those where your iMessages will now be stored.
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The iOS 10.3 beta just reintroduced iCloud support for iMessage, which means that you can treat your iMessages like you treat your photos. Messages will sync across all devices, and and even be deleted from a full iPhone or iPad, but still accessible from the cloud. Here’s how to switch on iMessages in iCloud.

Apple adds new privacy icon to iOS 11.3

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iOS 11.3 makes iPhone more secure.
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iOS 11.3 landed with a bunch of big features this morning but it looks like Apple added a few small surprises not mentioned in its preview, including a new feature that makes it easier to tell when apps are trying to access your personal data.

Apple surprises devs with fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta

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Apple just released a new iOS beta.
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It took Apple nearly no time to go from beta 4 to beta 5 on the latest update for iOS 11 that’s currently in development.

Developers were surprised to receive iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 this morning, just two days after Apple released the last beta build full of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.

iCloud switch in China could impact international users too

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Apple is migrating Chinese iCloud accounts to a locally-owned server in February.
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There appears to be a bit of confusion regarding who is and isn’t going to be affected by Apple’s migration of China-based iCloud accounts to a server operated by a Chinese company next month.

According to a new report, the migration of iCloud accounts is also affecting a number of accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for with U.S. dollars, and are connected with U.S.-based App Store accounts.

Chinese company will take control of local iCloud accounts next month

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The changeover affects only iCloud customers in China.
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Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will switch over to a server operated by a Chinese company starting next month.

Apple sent out a message to customers in China, revealing terms and conditions of the changeover. This includes the fact that both Apple and the Chinese firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GCBD), will now have access to all customer data stored on iCloud.