iCloud: There WILL be "paid upgrade" features

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by canyonblue737, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    The current beta iOS 5.0 versions have settings that imply the ability to purchase memory increases in iCloud from the free default 5GB. I suspect Apple wanted the keynote and media coverage to focus on the fact all of iCloud is free and 5GB is plenty without having an asterisk that you can buy more memory. These details are sure to come out as we approach the launch of iCloud, likely in late September, and perhaps MobileMe features like Galleries, iWeb hosting etc. will be "inexpensive" upgrades to the core free functionality of iCloud. We will see.

    Personally I think iDisk is dead, as is iWeb hosting. I think Galleries might have a chance.
  2. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    There is a credible source out of Cupertino suggesting tiered pricing will buy you more storage capacity on iCloud the day it's rolled out to the public.
  3. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
  4. RaceJohnson macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2010
    West Linn, OR
    Here is a screenshot of the purchase option

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  5. iKennett macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2007
    Anyone expecting a full system back up capability via time machine such as Dolly Drive (dollydrive)? Obviously at a cost but it would make perfect sense to offer a service... one off hardware sale or on-going subscription...

    Maybe even both... how cool would it be for your time capsule to link up with iCloud for off-site storage! It would also help mitigate any issue with slow upload speed.

    I should add that in the UK data caps (even fair usage policies) are now a thing of the past providing you get the right package/isp... but they are becoming common.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wouldn't that be incredibly slow, uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data and then what happens when you need to do a restore. You'll need to wait to download it. I don't think apple is gearing icloud to be an offline backup provider.
  7. iKennett macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2007
    Yes but equally it would depend on your broadband speed... thankfully in September I'll be getting an upgrade which includes a 7Mb upload speed.

    I still think the option should be there...
  8. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Apple hasn't invested all the $$$ in a HUGE data center (with 2 more just like it being added) for nuttin....
  9. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Yeah but with the archaic state of broadband in the US (Apple's biggest customer base) only a very tiny fraction of the user base has the connection to make such a feature practical. Apple's MO is to satisfy 90% of their users, 90% of the time. In this situation you fall in that 10% and therefore are SOL.

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