Apple actually uses Google's public cloud for its iCloud

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Apple confirmed it uses Google's public cloud to host its iCloud users' data, CNBC reports.

The iPhone-maker recently updated a version of its iOS Security Guide file on its website. In the past, the document said iCloud relied on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure for remote data storage systems. Now, references to Azure are gone and in its place is Google Cloud Platform.

It's unclear if Apple uses any Google cloud services other than the storage of "objects" — photos and videos — or when Apple began hosting data in Google's cloud. However, Google's public cloud and its G Suite line of cloud-based apps bring in nearly $1 billion in revenue each quarter.

In 2016, media outlets reported Apple had tapped Google for its data storage, but Apple never confirmed the collaboration.

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