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Apple revamps iCloud app alongside iTunes replacements for Windows

Apple this week unveiled several improvements to its services specifically for Windows users. These changes signal a potential shift in the company’s approach to this platform, which has historically received less frequent updates and fewer features than Mac and iOS.

Enhanced security with iCloud Security Key

At the forefront is the newly expanded compatibility of iCloud Security Key. This feature, previously available only on macOS, now allows Windows users to log in to iCloud with additional security by using a physical USB security key. This two-factor authentication method offers enhanced protection against phishing attacks and unauthorized access.

Streamlined iCloud experience

Windows users can also rejoice at the redesigned iCloud app. The update brings a cleaner interface and improved organization for features like Photos and iCloud Drive. This simplifies managing cloud storage and accessing personal data directly from Windows devices.

Standalone Music and TV apps arrive

After a prolonged beta period, the standalone Music and TV apps are finally graduating and arriving on Windows. This mirrors the experience on macOS, allowing users to browse and manage their Apple Music and Apple TV+ libraries independently, separate from the legacy iTunes software.

iTunes still an option

Despite the introduction of dedicated apps, iTunes remains available for those who prefer its consolidated approach. This provides continuity for users accustomed to its single-app interface for music, videos, and podcasts.

While Apple has traditionally focused its software efforts on its own ecosystem, these updates represent a potential evolution in its Windows strategy. They suggest a willingness to offer a more comprehensive and user-friendly experience for non-Mac users, even if it doesn’t fully replicate the Apple ecosystem integration.

The question remains whether Apple will bring more popular apps, like Messages and FaceTime, to the Windows platform and beyond. While these additions seem unlikely anytime soon, the recent updates indicate a renewed commitment to improving the Windows experience for Apple users. This could pave the way for further feature parity with macOS in the future.

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Apple revamps iCloud app alongside iTunes replacements for Windows

Apple this week unveiled several improvements to its services specifically for Windows users. These changes signal a potential shift in the company’s approach to this platform, which has historically received less frequent updates and fewer features than Mac and iOS.

Enhanced security with iCloud Security Key

At the forefront is the newly expanded compatibility of iCloud Security Key. This feature, previously available only on macOS, now allows Windows users to log in to iCloud with additional security by using a physical USB security key. This two-factor authentication method offers enhanced protection against phishing attacks and unauthorized access.

Streamlined iCloud experience

Windows users can also rejoice at the redesigned iCloud app. The update brings a cleaner interface and improved organization for features like Photos and iCloud Drive. This simplifies managing cloud storage and accessing personal data directly from Windows devices.

Standalone Music and TV apps arrive

After a prolonged beta period, the standalone Music and TV apps are finally graduating and arriving on Windows. This mirrors the experience on macOS, allowing users to browse and manage their Apple Music and Apple TV+ libraries independently, separate from the legacy iTunes software.

iTunes still an option

Despite the introduction of dedicated apps, iTunes remains available for those who prefer its consolidated approach. This provides continuity for users accustomed to its single-app interface for music, videos, and podcasts.

While Apple has traditionally focused its software efforts on its own ecosystem, these updates represent a potential evolution in its Windows strategy. They suggest a willingness to offer a more comprehensive and user-friendly experience for non-Mac users, even if it doesn’t fully replicate the Apple ecosystem integration.

The question remains whether Apple will bring more popular apps, like Messages and FaceTime, to the Windows platform and beyond. While these additions seem unlikely anytime soon, the recent updates indicate a renewed commitment to improving the Windows experience for Apple users. This could pave the way for further feature parity with macOS in the future.

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Abdul Raouf Al Sbeei

Abdul Raouf is a reporter in the Apple Newsroom, where he translates news into insightful and relatable stories. Abdul believes words hold magic and have power often ignored. You can find him between tweets or book pages.

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