Apple Drops 2TB iCloud Storage Price to $9.99, Eliminates 1TB Option

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Following today's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote that saw the debut of new software and hardware products, Apple has updated and simplified its iCloud storage pricing tiers.

The 1TB storage option has been eliminated, while the 2TB storage option has dropped in price to $9.99 per month, which is what 1TB of storage was previously priced at. Essentially, at the highest data tiers, customers are getting more storage space for less money. Pricing for Apple's 50GB and 200GB iCloud storage plans remains unchanged.

The new pricing tiers in the United States:

- 50GB: $0.99
- 200GB: $2.99
- 2TB: $9.99

While U.S. prices are listed above, the same changes have been made in all countries where iCloud storage is available. 1TB storage options have been eliminated across the board, while 2TBs of storage is now available at the lower 1TB cost.

Many users have been hoping Apple will increase the free iCloud storage option, but following today's update, free iCloud space continues to cap out at 5GB. In iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple is offering an option to share a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage plan with family members, which is perhaps the reason behind the price drop.

The new storage plans are available immediately on all iOS devices.

(Thanks, Michael!)

Article Link: Apple Drops 2TB iCloud Storage Price to $9.99, Eliminates 1TB Option
 
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coolbreeze

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That .99 tier is so stupid. I can't begin to tell you the number of people I know who have the "not enough storage" error on their iPhone/iPad. I tell them to either pay up or use Google Photos (it's almost always photos eating up the backup space). They don't want to do either, so they just don't let it back up. Then I try again on Google Photos. The ones who take me up on the offer end up loving it and can actually back up their phone again. And if they take 1,453,643 photos and videos, they are all backed up for free, forever.

So then, when their phone gets run over, they lose everything. I mean, it's their fault, but 99 cents for 50gig Apple? Please. Should have storage to match the device for free. 256 iPad? 256 free. 32gig iPhone? 32 gig free.

Nobody likes being nickled and dimed. Apple is outdated in this arena and just thinks it's customers will pay yet another recurring monthly fee. Nope.
 

DotCom2

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I thought I heard that these storage options are now shared with family members. Is this true / available now?
I was wondering that as well. During the presentation they put up a screen showing all the new additional features and "Family iCloud sharing" was on there. Hmmmm
 

redheeler

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I just use the various Google free lifetime storage services FTW.

If you want to give money to Apple for no reason, no one is stopping you.
If you want to trust Google with your files/data, no one is stopping you.

Although I agree Apple really should provide more value for money on the lower tiers, including the free tier. Offering a measly 5 GB free after someone spends hundreds or even thousands on Apple hardware is pathetic.
 

eatrains

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That .99 tier is so stupid. I can't begin to tell you the number of people I know who have the "not enough storage" error on their iPhone/iPad. I tell them to either pay up or use Google Photos (it's almost always photos eating up the backup space). They don't want to do either, so they just don't let it back up. Then I try again on Google Photos. The ones who take me up on the offer end up loving it and can actually back up their phone again. And if they take 1,453,643 photos and videos, they are all backed up for free, forever.

So then, when their phone gets run over, they lose everything. I mean, it's their fault, but 99 cents for 50gig Apple? Please. Should have storage to match the device for free. 256 iPad? 256 free. 32gig iPhone? 32 gig free.

Nobody likes being nickled and dimed. Apple is outdated in this arena and just thinks it's customers will pay yet another recurring monthly fee. Nope.
Google Photos is not a backup. It recompresses all your pictures and videos.
 

Take Flight

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One of these years they are going to just offer free storage. They do so many other things based on just paying for the hardware, it seems logical to remove these sort of hurdles to using their products.
 

coolbreeze

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If you want to trust Google with your files/data, no one is stopping you.
We've been hearing this scary thing for years and years. No google monster has come from underneath my bed to get me. My entire life is in Google. Have Google Homes all throughout my house. I love all of it.

Still ticking along exactly as I did before a computer was a thing. I do not care, YMMV. The free stuff I get out of them getting my metadata is very much worth it to me. Go nuts, GOOG.

Or pay for a perceived safety net. Everything is discoverable on the internet. All of it.
 
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