Apple responds to storage wars with new iCloud tiers

Apple responds to storage wars with new iCloud tiers
Apple still hasn't quite responded to the iCloud flaws that led to the recent leak of nude celebrity photos, though it did make a perfunctory change to let you know when your iCloud account was accessed via the web. Of course security flaws aren't going to stop Apple from making its iCloud storage tiers a bit more competitive in response to the recent price drops from Google, Dropbox, and Microsoft.

The free option from iCloud is still 5GB, but the paid tiers have gotten a bit cheaper. The 20GB tier is 99 cents per month, and the 200GB tier is $3.99 per month. Those pricing changes actually happened back in June, but didn't get much press. Now, Apple has added in a 500GB option for $9.99 per month, and a 1TB option for $19.99 per month. 

These prices actually pretty competitive overall. They trail behind options from Dropbox and Google Drive, which each offer 1TB tiers for $9.99 per month; but, Apple's prices are on par with Microsoft's OneDrive for the 200GB option, and better than Microsoft since OneDrive doesn't offer personal tiers above 200GB. 

source: Apple via The Verge

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13 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

if only they could price their phones like their cloud storage options lol

2. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

one drive does give you an additional 1TB storage if you get an office subscription though, which is like 9.99/mo iirc

4. AlikMalix unregistered

One drive does not integrate with any phone like iCloud drive does with it's own ecosystem and Apple Hardware - for apple users iCloud is a better solution... Dont forget, lots of stuff Apple users store on iCloud does not go toward allotted space, like all backed up an purchased iTunes content, and all the your personal media that you may have ripped from CD's or w/e... I use it to just back up my phone's essentials, some documents, photos, and for holding my 20GB+ of music, and I pay nothing... The rest is on my personal cloud at home also accessible at any time over 3G/4G/LTE like movies, and every single photo/video I own, and another copy of all my music - storage for which I also pay nothing.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

This sucks.. Apple should provide 1TB for free.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1TB for free? Dafuq do I just read?

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm ashamed to be an American, they want all that s**t for free... They don't care about those that lived and died in that Chinese factory...

13. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

That escalated quickly...

7. w793470601

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

what a joke, Chinese online cloud disk companies give at least 8TB space for free, the largest you can get is 36TB from the company called 360 in China, and it's permanent; how much you may pay for 36TB in the US?

8. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

How is it competitive when the apple 1tb option is DOUBLE the Google and drop box option?

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"The free option from iCloud is still 5GB" This says everything about the new Apple under Tim Cook. You get some measly tiny amount of free storage and then Apple wants to start billing you. It's all about the money now. There is no pretense to be about great design, quality, or anything else. Tim Cook is the bankers' man.

10. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

who really needs a 1TB option for a cloud sevice.....there may b very limited number of companies which may need this......celebrities to upload there nudes of 1TB??LOL....but having option is gud thing

11. jianni2

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

Thats right , And they dont put a sd card slots in their Apple Iphones for this reason to buy a extra cloud storage . Its all about to make more profits

12. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I might be a lil slow this morning how's monthly better than yearly

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