Apple offers free month of iCloud to those who used all 5GB of free storage

Apple offers free month of iCloud to those who used all 5GB of free storage
Apple offers iOS device users 5GB of free iCloud storage, but this brings in no money as far as Apple is concerned. So in an attempt to get these iOS users, who have 5GB stored in iCloud, to pay up for more cloud storage, the company is offering a free month to those subscribing to any of the iCloud subscription tiers. A pop-up message appears when a user with no more free space tries to store more data. The message reads, "You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone. A 50 GB plan gives you plenty of space to continue backing up your iPhone. Your first month is free and it's just $0.99 each month after."

The free month is being offered only to those on the free 5GB iCloud storage plan. If that includes you, and you take Apple up on its offer, you're not limited to a 50GB subscription. You can also sign up for 200GB or 2TB of iCloud storage. The prices are as follows:

  • 50GB-$.99 a month (first month is free)
  • 200GB-$2.99 a month (first month is free)
  • 2TB-$9.99 a month (first month is free)
While the fee will get rung up automatically by Apple every month, you can decide to stop the service at any time. Last year, Apple had $30 billion in Services revenue, and is targeting $50 billion in such revenue by fiscal year 2021. While this won't deliver the difference all by itself, it does show you how Apple is scrounging through the cushions on the couch looking to find spare change.

source: AppleInsider

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16 Comments

1. ndcart

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

Or, Apple could give us loyal Apple users a real amount of cloud storage. Pitiful.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Get Google drive and boom.. Free 15GB cloud storage.. Make another Google account, and boom.. Another free 15GB storage.. Repeat. Or get Pixel..

3. iushnt

Posts: 3067; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But it would still be great if Apple could give more than 5GB of storage for free

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh yeah, let Google and its advertisers scan through all your files

6. iushnt

Posts: 3067; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How will that affect you anyway? If you don’t know, even Apple uses google’s cloud storage for its iCloud services.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Well, I would prefer that only me and her gynecologist see my girl's pussy and I wouldn't like to suddenly get panties or bikini wax adds. The way Apple (and other companies) are using Google, Amazon or MS cloud storage is by taking files, encrypting them and store parts of them on different cloud account (for instance, the picture of my girl's pussy can be 2/3 on Google's servers, 1/6 on A and 1/6 on MS, but none of the 3 can see the content, because it's encrypted with a key only Apple has).

7. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This. But Apple is definitely cheeping out on its plans. They better increase them this year.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Still better than your data getting stolen by random person if you store it on iCloud. There's literally thousands of cases about iCloud account getting hacked. You won't hear such news for Google Drive.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So you don’t think GDrive has ever been compromised? Lol, wake up dude.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Still possible, but thousands times fewer than iCloud's case

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How is guessing a password that is "password" an iCloud problem?

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yesterday I ditched GPhotos which I had for more than a year and switched to iCloud. I believe that GPhotos is solid option for Android users (if you trust Google with your data) but it is absolute chore to use on iOS and macOS (especially on the latter), apps are slow and on mac you can never be sure which files were actually uploaded. Also the quality of GPhotos displayed by Chromecast is a horrible joke and I have pretty speedy internet connection. It is shameful that a trillion dollar company is counting pennies and refusing to give at least 200gb to consumers who already paid 1000$ for the device but I guess every company wants to squeeze its customers

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2076; Member since: May 04, 2015

"Also the quality of GPhotos displayed by Chromecast is a horrible joke and I have pretty speedy internet connection." This statement makes zero sense. What does your internet connection have to do with Chromecast? It operates on your wifi LAN. Once the photos are loaded on the device you're using to cast the internet connection is done. If you like looking at photos on your tv get a tv box and load the Google Photos app. I'm not a big fan of Chromecast. You can also choose to upload using the high quality option and the free 15gb. Back on topic, 5gb of storage from Apple is pathetic and pretty much sums up the type of company they are.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have the 200gb, I’m straight.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

5GB for backup, photos, mail and drive is laughable. 50 GB is a mere €24/2y (I don't know the cost for Apple, but it shouldn't be more than €5-10 or 0.7% out of the price of an iPhone) so I see no reason why Apple isn't giving more storage (at least 15-20, if not 50 GB) bundled with an iPhone purchase. I could buy more storage, but I don't do it because: 1. Apple's cloud service is only good because the phone instantly backups the personal data from my devices; other than that, OneDrive is miles ahead (sharing, managing files, downloading them etc); even GD is slightly better. 2. I don't think is fare to me as a user to make me pay for something I should get for free (I'm not complaining about the price - which I can easily pay - I just don't WANT to). 3. I only need more storage for my pictures, which I backup in OD.

16. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I only use iCloud to backup the phone's data, I use GDrive for photo backup, I don't complain, when I decide to switch to an Android, I would simply enter my account into the new phone and enjoy.

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