mr lizard said:
The encryption point is largely semantic. Yes, users can tether their iPhone to a computer, launch iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac), and backup. But almost no regular user is doing that, and it also requires the user to disable Messages back up from the iCloud settings on the device. As a general point, Facebook’s claims hold water on this one. People want cloud backups, not to mess about with cables and computers. WhatsApp offers e2e encrypted cloud backup, iMessage doesn’t. For marketing purposes, it’s all good. Now it’s over to Apple to implement e2e encryption for cloud backups.