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No, pictures sent using iMessage are uploaded directly to Microsoft Azure when using a true iOS device.

http://i.imgur.com/W3QitN6.png




Why does Apple use Microsoft Azure though? I would have thought that they have enough server capacity for that.

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Storing files in the cloud is a commodity service. Why wouldn't they outsource it? They use AWS too.

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They're encrypted, though, right? Do they need to be sent to this third party to decrypt?

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I don't quite remember, but I think the images are just passed over SSL with no other encryption.

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