Apple has published an extensive list of third-party software that it’s been using in the making and running of its iCloud service, including contributions from Google and Facebook.
Apple’s iCloud being built. (Scaffolding photo by Malcolm Koo, Wiki Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0)
Apple has now publicly acknowledged the many software developers whose work has been used under licence to make iCloud work. At least some of the information has been available before to developers, but now the 116 contributors are acknowledged in a publicly accessible support document.
Running to 39 pages in PDF and some 22,000 words, the new acknowledgements page consists of all the licence agreements allowing Apple to use this software.
Alongside predictable names such as Google and Adobe, the new document also acknowledges some surprising contributors. Gaming company Electronic Arts is credited, for example, as is the Financial Times newspaper and Facebook.
Apple publicly published the acknowledgements page this week, some of the software it references pre-dates iCloud. While Apple introduced the cloud service in 2011, certain portions of its tools, such as those by Adobe, date back to 1990.
The publication may possibly have been prompted by Apple’s recently joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. That’s a group of companies aiming to improve cloud services across the industry.
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