Apple Is Using Google's Cloud for Its Storage Needs

What rivalry? Two of the biggest tech companies in the world seem to be working together. 

An Apple Inc. (AAPL) update of its iOS Security Guide confirms that the company's iCloud storage services relies on remote data storage systems from the Google Cloud Platform (GOOGL) . Previously the storage was housed on Amazon Web Services (AMZN) as well as Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure platform. 

Google's Android phone operating system is Apple's iOS biggest mobile competitor. 

It is not clear whether Apple is using any other Google cloud services other than to store phone data. Google's G-Suite line of cloud services adds $1 billion in quarterly revenue to the company's top line. 

Market leader Amazon Web Services brought in $5.11 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter. 

Apple is normally opaque about the particulars of its business as unconfirmed reports about Apple using Google's cloud services have been floating around since 2016, but calls for transparency about the company's data storage may have triggered this moment of openness from the Cupertino, CA-based company.  

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