Apple slashes top-tier iCloud storage price in half


The last time when Apple revised its iCloud storage offerings was a week before the iPhone 7 launch event last September, when a new 2TB tier was introduced. Now, right after WWDC 2017, Cupertino cut the price of this option in half – from $19.99 to $9.99 per month. Another change that was quietly made: the company has removed the 10-dollar 1TB storage tier. 

If you purchased a 1TB monthly plan before June 5, 2017, your account was upgraded automatically to a 2TB monthly plan.

So in short, here's how all of iCloud's tiers currently stand in terms of storage and pricing:

  • 5GB: free of charge (unchanged)
  • 50GB: $0.99 per month (unchanged)
  • 200GB: $2.99 per month (unchanged)
  • 2TB: $9.99 per month (down from $19.99)

How does iCloud stack against the alternatives?  Google Drive, for example, still looks like a great deal in the low tier. Just $1.99 per month gets you 100GB of storage, with unlimited space for photos that does not count towards that limit. Heavy users, on the other hand, might be better off with iCloud, as Google's $9.99 tier gets them "just" 1TB of space instead of iCloud's 2TB. 

Dropbox is looking like a tougher sell. It offers 1TB of cloud storage for $9.99 monthly, with no cheaper plans available.

Microsoft's OneDrive is worthy of consideration. For $6.99 per month, you get not only 1TB of cloud storage space, but also access to the Office 365 suite of productivity applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

source: Apple via MacRumors

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14 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

And doubled the capacity. 2TB for $10 is pretty good.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The capacity has been doubled for the price. Both haven't occured simultaneously

3. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Unless I'm reading your comment wrong the price for 2tb went down too. It basically replaced the 1 tb pricing.

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I would be sooo happy to have 50 GB for half euro (or 10-15 GB for free) :)!

6. Valdomero

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Google offers free 15GB when you open a gmail account. The best part is that your photos won't affect that storage unless you choose to keep the raw photos. I'm using Google Photos App in my iPhone and I'm really happy with it, the photos are automatically backed up in the cloud and my iCloud's 5GB storage is available to backup my phone's more important data like Whatsapp history. And any time I need to free space from the photos, I can delete all the photos without worries since they're already backed up in the cloud and can be downloaded any time back to the phone.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How do you get the iPhone to automatically backup photos?

8. Valdomero

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You mean by using iCloud or using Google? If you mean iCloud, just enable it in the Settings, the photo section, Remember to turn off using cellular data in the icloud settings. If you´re using Google's Photo app, enable it in the settings, and remember to NOT turn on the use of cellular data. For some reason iOS doesn't allow the app to do background backups, so you need to open the app to back up your photos. I'd recommend launching the app one or twice a day a couple minutes when on a Wifi network and let the app to the job.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I ment automatically backup in the background with Google photos. If it still doesn't do it automatically and in background, it is useless to me. Thanks for the reply.

11. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Mine backs up as soon as I take a photo automatically and I don't have to open the app. I have "Background App Refresh" turned on but if you turn it off then it won't do it unless you open the app. I have unlimited photo and video storage (up to 16mp and 1080p video) plus 15 gb free from Google Drive. This seems like a better deal for me. On iCloud I have: Safari - Wallet - Game Center - Keychain - Find my iPhone - iCloud backup - iCloud Drive (for apps Only) & - Mail - couldn't find a way to use Gmail for iCloud email For the rest like docs sheets etc I'm using Google

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have tried it again, it doesn't auto sync my photos (WiFi or mobile data).

14. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I have no idea why your phone won't automatically backup. Do you have a second iPhone that you can test it on?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

In addition to what Valdomero says, I've also received an additional 2GB a year for going through an annual Google account security check, right now I have 19GB free.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have 40 GB free storage in OneDrive, I have no use for Drive if it canțt auto sync my photos.

5. Valdomero

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Wow, cloud storage is becoming cheaper every day, I remember when 1TB was priced at $99.99, now you get 50GB at $0.99. It's insane, I like where the future is going :)

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