Apple has updated its pricing for the various iCloud storage plans it offers. On every paid plan, we’re seeing hefty price drops.
The new price points are now:
- 20GB $0.99/month
- 200GB $3.99/month
- 500GB $9.99/month
- 1TB $19.99/month
Of course, the standard 5 GB from Apple will remain free to every user.
The drop elsewhere however, is a good move, especially considering the amount said about the video-capabilities of the iPhone 6. HD video takes up a monolithic amount of memory and users will need that space. As anyone using traditional video cameras will know, offloading it to an external hard-drive and desktop machines manually is both time-consuming and dull. Even the 128GB version of the new iPhone will struggle to keep hold of all the footage from a budding cinematographer, so it’s definitely worth looking into if you go for one of the lower-end iPhone 6 memory packages (or if you use Apple products generally).
iCloud is now much more competitively priced with its cloud-storage peers, with the added benefit of syncing with the iPhone/iPad automatically. There are plenty of other cloud storage systems out there, but none of them are going to integrate with your phone quite as well as iCloud.
The best plan for the user now depends entirely on their individual iCloud usage. If a user finds that 5GB is more than enough for their purposes, then this won’t be big news. However, for those wanting to upgrade from the free 5GB, then go to the Settings app, iCloud, Storage & Backup and hit ‘Change Storage Plan’.