Apple Building Unified Cloud Platform for iCloud, iTunes, Siri and More

icloud_icon_blueApple is moving forward with plans to build a unified platform for cloud-based web services such as iCloud, iTunes and Siri over the next few years, according to The Information.

The new platform is based on Siri, which itself is powered by open source infrastructure software called Mesos on the backend, according to the report.

The system will be what’s called an “orchestrated infrastructure” that has the ability, among other things, to run Internet applications inside “containers,” which make it easier to scale the apps and make changes to them on the fly, one of these people says.

Apple is reportedly placing more emphasis on open source software in an attempt to attract open source engineers that can help improve its web services, but it remains to be seen how far the company shifts away from its deep culture of secrecy.

Apple sometimes requires engineers submitting code to open-source products to do so through a third party rather than let Apple be affiliated with the code. One person who’s been through the process says they felt that submitting code to an open-source project like Mesos or Hadoop is generally “frowned upon” by managers at Apple. But the process has gotten easier over time, people who have participated in the process say.

The paywalled report explains how Apple is slowly embracing the open source community and becoming more transparent about its open source projects. It also lists some of the open source technologies that Apple uses, including Hadoop, HBase, Elasticsearch, Reak, Kafka, Azkaban and Voldemort.

Bloomberg reported in June that Apple is building a high-speed content delivery network and planning upgrades to its data centers with more in-house equipment to better compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other cloud service providers. The improved infrastructure will allow for faster web services and more efficient delivery of cloud-based content such as streaming music.

Top Rated Comments

MacVault Avatar
96 months ago
Headline should read: Apple STILL Trying to Figure Out the Cloud... Might Have an Update for us in a Few Years ... When Cloud is Replaced by 'Spirit Computing' HAAAAAA LOL :D:D:D
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JaySoul Avatar
96 months ago
ThunderBolt.
Lightning Cable.
iCloud.

How about some bloody Sunshine once in a while?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
96 months ago
Apple's paltry 5 GB of free storage per account makes Google look positively generous. The least Apple could do is make it 5 GB per device. That might be a small incentive to purchase more Apple products. As it is now, the more devices you buy, the less storage you end up with. Given how unstable iCloud has been, I'm not willing to pay Apple's current prices for their extra storage.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TWSS37 Avatar
96 months ago
No WAY this is going to be anything less than flawless ;)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
naeS1Sean Avatar
96 months ago
Azkaban and Voldemort?? Hell Yeah!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boston04and07 Avatar
96 months ago
One thing that I hope they address soon is the fact that we can't merge or permanently link Apple IDs. I'm in a situation that I know a lot of others here are too. I was an early adopter of .mac, back in the days when it wasn't free. I got my iTunes store account after that, but didn't want to use my .Mac email in case I ever needed or wanted to stop paying for .Mac. Then, a few years later, when iCloud went free, I tried switching my iTunes store email address to my new iCloud address, but was told that I couldn't, because iCloud already *was* its own independent Apple ID and you can't merge them. So now, I have two Apple IDs - one tied to my ever-growing iTunes account, and the other is my daily iCloud account, which handles mail, calendars, syncing, etc.

The worst part is that this means I can't use the family sharing in Apple Music, since the iCloud account I'm signed into on all my devices is different than the one I actually use for iTunes. Super annoying...I hope they address this at some point.

The main problem is content that's from somewhere that isn't Apple. iBooks and iTunes Music live in the cloud, but the eBooks I bought elsewhere (like Harry Potter, which isn't on the iBookstore) and non-iTunes music cannot go to iCloud.
This! It's so annoying. They've made iBooks the main built in way to view and store PDFs on iOS, but they don't back them up to the cloud or sync them to other devices. I lost a bunch of stuff that way when I had to restore from a backup and didn't realize that none of my PDFs were in that backup or living in the cloud already
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iPhone trade in

Apple Adjusts Trade-In Values for iPhones, Macs, and More

Wednesday January 25, 2023 9:40 am PST by
After announcing new Mac and HomePod models last week, Apple adjusted its trade-in values for select devices in the United States. iPhone trade-in values decreased by up to $80, and most Android smartphones also went down. Mac trade-in values remained unchanged or increased by up to $40 depending on the model, while some Apple Watch models increased in value and others decreased. Trade-in...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

iPhone 15 Pro Expected Later This Year With These 7 Exclusive Features

Tuesday January 24, 2023 4:53 pm PST by
Apple's next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to be announced in September as usual. Already, rumors suggest the devices will have at least seven exclusive features not available on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. An overview of the seven features rumored to be exclusive to iPhone 15 Pro models:A17 chip: iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with an A17...
Mac mini M2 2023

New 256GB Mac Mini and 512GB MacBook Pro Have Slower SSD Speeds Than Previous Models

Tuesday January 24, 2023 1:11 pm PST by
While the new Mac mini with the M2 chip has a lower $599 starting price, the base model with 256GB of storage has slower SSD read and write speeds compared to the previous-generation model with the M1 chip and 256GB of storage. A teardown of the new Mac mini shared by YouTube channel Brandon Geekabit reveals that the 256GB model is equipped with only a single 256GB storage chip, while the...
apple tv 4k red image

Apple Releases tvOS 16.3

Tuesday January 24, 2023 10:10 am PST by
Apple today released tvOS 16.3, the third major point update to the tvOS 16 operating system that originally came out in September. Available for the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, tvOS 16.3 comes six weeks after tvOS 16.2, an update that added Apple Music Sing. The tvOS 16.3 update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the ‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌ by going to System > Software...
watchOS 9 Feature

Apple Releases watchOS 9.3 With New Watch Face, Bug Fixes

Monday January 23, 2023 10:06 am PST by
Apple today released watchOS 9.3, the third major update to the watchOS 9 operating system that first launched in September. watchOS 9.3 comes over a month after watchOS 9.2, an update that added new Workout functionality and Crash Detection optimizations. watchOS 9.3 can be downloaded for free through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by opening it up and going to General > Software Update. ...
iOS 16

iOS 16.3 for iPhone Launching Next Week With These 4 New Features

Friday January 20, 2023 11:43 am PST by
In a recent press release, Apple confirmed that iOS 16.3 will be released to the public next week. The software update will be available for the iPhone 8 and newer and includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped bigger features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for Apple ID accounts, worldwide ...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With the New M2 Pro Mac Mini

Tuesday January 24, 2023 1:45 pm PST by
The new M2-series MacBook Pro and Mac mini models launched today, marking the debut of the first M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. We have the M2 Pro Mac mini on hand, and thought we'd take a look at the machine and do a series of benchmarks to see how it fits into Apple's lineup. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Base model Mac mini machines come with either an M2 or M2 Pro...
Ventura Macs Feature Blue

Apple Releases macOS Ventura 13.2

Monday January 23, 2023 10:09 am PST by
Apple today released macOS Ventura 13.2, the second major update to the macOS Ventura operating system initially released in October. macOS Ventura 13.2 comes more than a month after macOS Ventura 13.1, an update that added the Freeform app and other changes. The ‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System...