At least part of the driver for this is to ensure that the servers are secure. Apple has long suspected that servers it ordered from the traditional supply chain were intercepted during shipping, with additional chips and firmware added to them by unknown third parties in order to make them vulnerable to infiltration, according to a person familiar with the matter. At one point, Apple even assigned people to take photographs of motherboards and annotate the function of each chip, explaining why it was supposed to be there. Building its own servers with motherboards it designed would be the most surefire way for Apple to prevent unauthorized snooping via extra chips.
This won’t come to fruition for a few years, but if we’re reading the tea leaves correctly on this one, Apple is dead set on having a completely isolated and secure cloud environment. Given its attention to detail on the cloud and equipment, it seems as though Apple is taking no chances, especially with the protection of your data.
For now, it’s leaning on Google, Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. Whenever Apple’s own cloud system is ready, we hope all this back-room chatter ends up being true, because nobody seems to take security as seriously as Apple.
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