Apple introduces new 2 TB iCloud storage tier ahead of Sept. 7 event

Just a week ahead of this year's September iPhone launch event, Apple quietly introduced a new iCloud storage tier that grants users 2 TB of space for $19.99 a month. The new offer hasn't changed anything else down the cloud storage line, with the previous top tier of 1TB costing $9.99 a month, and the lowest — 50GB — still going for $0.99. The default free storage amount for all users remains at 5 GB.

The introduction of a bigger storage tier makes sense for a couple of reasons. Rumors have it that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will bring substantial improvements in the camera department — including a dual-lens shooter for the bigger model — that may result in larger file sizes for photos, and consequently, in more storage-needy users. More importantly, however, Apple has also announced a new desktop syncing feature for macOS Sierra, that will automatically synchronize files stored on the desktop and in the Documents folder of a Mac, across all associated devices. This could inevitably lead to the need for larger iCloud storage space for users that are more invested in the Apple ecosystem.

The iPhone 7 launch event is going to be held on September 7th, and, aside from handsets, we also expect to see the launch of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and a possible announcement of the next generation of Apple Watch wearables.


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