Apple Drops Price Of 2TB iCloud Tier As iOS 11 Adds Family Sharing For Cloud Storage
It seems to be becoming somewhat of a tradition for Apple to take a look at its iCloud pricing structure immediately after a big event. And that is exactly what has happened again in the aftermath of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
In an effort to streamline what’s available to users, the company has made a number of changes to simplify the available iCloud storage tiers and make them more attractive to hardware owners.
As part of those changes, Apple has entirely removed the availability of the 1TB iCloud storage option with immediate effect. Consumers have previously been asked to part with $9.99 per month for that level of storage, but they will now get more for their money with the changes. To counteract the removal of the 1TB option, Apple has dropped the price of the 2TB storage tier down into that $9.99 price point, meaning that it is essentially offering a 100% storage upgrade for no additional monthly outlay.
The changes mean that those who prefer to purchase the higher iCloud tiers are now getting more for their money, with the lower tiers staying static. That means that the pricing structured for the 50GB and 200GB tiers remain entirely unchanged, priced at $0.99/month and $2.99/month respectively.
That’s still a whole lot of iCloud storage for what is a minuscule monthly outlay. Those prices are obviously provided above in U.S. Dollars, but the changes apply across the globe wherever iCloud storage plans are made available by Apple. The 1TB storage is now discontinued across the board.
One thing that hasn’t happened, which many hardware owners hoped would, is Apple changing the amount of free storage offered to all users with an iCloud account. The Cupertino-based company has historically served up an initial 5GB of iCloud space, and it appears that that will continue to be the case even with the release of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.
It is however notable that Apple is offering users the ability to share a 200GB or 2TB storage plan with family members across multiple devices in iOS 11, which makes that $2.99 or $9.99 pricing point even more attractive.
Anyone who stores any data or files in iCloud is able to access the new prices and plans with immediate effect.