Apple Adds New 2TB iCloud Storage Tier for $19.99 Per Month

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    Apple today quietly added a new iCloud storage tier, offering customers 2TB of data storage space at a price of $19.99 per month in the United States. Apple now offers four iCloud storage tiers at prices that start at $0.99.

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    The new 2TB iCloud storage option comes just over a week ahead of the company's September 7 event, where new versions of the iPhone and Apple Watch are expected to debut alongside new operating system updates.

    Rumors have suggested camera improvements could be one of the features coming to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and that could be one of the reasons Apple is introducing more storage space. A dual-lens camera, as is rumored for the iPhone 7 Plus, could potentially produce images that are larger, resulting in customers who need more space to store their photos and other files.

    We've also heard rumors that the high-end iPhone models could offer up to 256GB of storage (perhaps limited to the iPhone 7 Plus), which could be another factor leading to Apple's decision to increase available iCloud storage space.

    Perhaps the biggest reason for the jump in iCloud space is a new desktop syncing feature coming to macOS Sierra. In the new operating system, all files stored on the desktop or in the Documents folder of a Mac are automatically uploaded to iCloud to make them available across a wide range of devices.

    Article Link: Apple Adds New 2TB iCloud Storage Tier for $19.99 Per Month
     
  2. Richardgm macrumors 6502a

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    While I have 3 iDevices and have a paltry 5GB to back them all up
     
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    Might as well start this comment... But it should be free
     
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    Can I just buy 2 1TB tiers and save that extra penny? :)
     
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    Would be nice if they dropped prices on lower tiers. Or allow families to share a large data bucket.
     
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    I signed up to comment on this very article: my fiancé and I subscribe to the 200GB plan, but these plans should really be as close to free as possible. If they want us to use the cloud, why not make cloud storage as easily accessible as their phones and make it stupid cheap?
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    I'd jump onboard a family share 2TB plan.
     
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    apple just needs to offer backup for free for iphones/ipads/ios. it would be a huge advantage for ios devices. if someone leaves, they can pay to remain
     
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    Why should it be free? I think a valid argument could be made that $19.99 per month is too expensive. But free?
     
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    Darn, I was hoping they'd upgrade the free tier at the event.

    Apple should really give you storage depending on your devices. Have a 64 GB iPhone? You have 64 GB of storage. Have a 256 GB MBP too? You have 330 GB.
     
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    Woah, not too bad. The 1TB iCloud is already a snippet cheaper than Dropbox. And certainly considerably quicker in regards to upload/download speeds.

    Just a shame there isn't a way to share uploaded files with non-iCloud users. That's the big kicker for me.
     
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    $2.99 for 200GB is less than 10¢ a day - how much closer to free do you want to get ;)
     
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    UK website is showing 6.99 for 1tb and 19.99 for 2tb - surely a mistake?

    update: showing in iPhone settings as 13.99 upgrade
     
  16. wizard macrumors 68040

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    Free no, but as it is it is way too expensive. At the yearly rate you could buy new drives every year. I don't see a bargain here at all.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say so: The prices within the iCloud control panel are £6.99 for 1TB and £13.99 for 2TB

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    As great as that would be, it's not economically viable as a lot of the space would be redundant. Barely a whisker of global users would be exploiting that space. The 50GB tier is only 60p a month.

    Plus other companies don't really do that. It's a lot worse!

    For instance, take Microsoft's offering: "Have a 64GB Surface? You get 29GB free. Free space on your hard-drive, that is! :p And 5GB OneDrive storage."
     
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    I understand that Apple wants money and $1.29 isn't much for 50 GB, but I feel like they should increase the default space to 15 GB. Probably make 1 TB a bit cheaper too.
     
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    50 GB for free, and the whole world would applaud Apple.
     
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    True, but the storage plans are cheaper than most of the competitors. But then, the main problem I've encountered is that you can't share files in iCloud Drive to non-iCloud users, so maybe that's the tradeoff.

    The prices aren't that bad at the moment. Yeah, it's always good to have a little cheaper, or a bump in courtesy storage, but I can think of 100 things Apple would need to improve before re-evaluating iCloud storage pricing.
     
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    Of course a certain amount should be free, we pay enough for the phone/pad to start with. Use the data as a benefit. But From reading MR for years it seems would it would be a huge attraction to US shoppers if they hid to only do it on wifi? Always seemed UK phone networks give us far more that the likes of US networks.
     
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    Here come the complaints that Google and Microsoft offer more storage for less money, from those that don't understand that Google and Microsoft use the data you store to index and sell you ads based on your data. Apple doesn't index your data in the same way so it's far from apples to apples. It's far more profitable for Google to give you free storage space and then data mine it than charge for it.
     
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    Not the whole world - you can guarantee that there'd still be people moaning on Macrumors...
     
  25. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    You're right, but again, not being able to share with non-iCloud users does make the service a trifle redundant. I personally don't see the problem though; I think the storage prices are pretty reasonable.
     

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