Apple Slashes iCloud Storage Prices, Eliminates 500GB Option
During its Wednesday press event, Apple announced new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, an upgraded Apple TV with a new interface, the new iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4.
Alongside these so many announcements, Apple has also restructed the prices and tiers for iCloud storage upgrades, in an effort to make the service more competitive with rivals like Drop Box and Google Drive.
The default amount of storage is still just 5 gigabytes, which every Apple user gets for free anyway. However, the company offers a number of subscription options for those who need extra storage space.
The new iCloud storage plans see the entry level option increased to 50GB of storage from 20GB, which a subscriber can get for just 99 cents. As for its 200GB and 1 terabyte tiers, the company has scaled back the prices from $3.99 and $19.99 to $2.99 and $9.99, respectively.
Apple has, however, eliminated a 500GB option, which previously cost as much as the new 1 terabyte level.
For comparison, Google Drive offers 15GB of storage for free, 100GB for $1.99 a month, while its 1 terabyte plan is identical to Apple’s. Microsoft’s OneDrive, however, outshines both iCloud and Google Drive as it offers 1 terabyte of storage and an Office 365 subscription for only $6.99.
An iCloud Drive app will come preloaded with iOS 9 when the latter hit shelves on Sept. 16.