iCloud

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iCloud is what Apple summarily calls all of its various online services such as Apple ID, online storage, syncing, as well as a silo of sorts with iCloud identifiers and small group photo sharing.

Status

You can check the status of various Apple online services here:

Criticism

Your iCloud storage is almost full

Recently (2016?) Apple seems to have started sending lots of fear-inducing emails with the subject line:
Your iCloud storage is almost full

Have received these emails recently (in 2016):

iOS UI

Photos

iOS 9.x has a UI in the Settings app (iCloud option) for enabling various iCloud Photo features:

Screenshot of iOS Settings iCloud Photo

Backup

iOS 9.x has a UI in the Settings app (Storage option) for enabling various backup features, which use iCloud:

Screenshot of iOS Settings Storage options

Note: the "Photo Library" backup option is different from the "iCloud Photo Library" and "My Photo Stream" options in the explicit iCloud Photos preferences above.

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