When it comes to cloud services, Apple has been lagging behind its rivals for quite a while, but on Monday, the tech titan took some steps to play catch-up.
Most notably, Apple announced that it plans to drop the price of cloud storage plans later this year, offering customers more space than they get now for less than what they're currently paying.
Here's Apple upcoming iCloud plans:
5 GB for free
20 GB for $0.99 per month
200 GB for $3.99 per month.
Apple also said it will offer plans that range all the way up to 1 TB, but it did not specify pricing beyond the 200 GB option. The company also did not say when these plans will become available.
Either way, Apple's new plans are a lot cheaper than what it offers now:
5 GB for free
10 GB for $20 per year, about $1.67 per month
20 GB for $40 per year, about $3.34 per month
50 GB for $100 per year, about $8.34 per month
The upcoming iCloud pricing structure will make Apple a more attractive option when compared to its rivals. Here's how they stack up:
15 GB for free
100 GB for $1.99 per month
1 TB for $9.99 per month
10 TB for $99.99 per month
20 TB for $199.99 per month
30 TB for $299.99 per month
7 GB for free
Additional 50 GB for $25 per year, about $2.08 per month
Additional 100 GB for $50 per year, about $4.17 per month
Additional 200 GB for $100 per year, about $8.34 per month
2 GB for free
100 GB for $9.99 per month
Unlimited storage for $15 per month per customer, requires at least five users. This means there's a total minimum price of $75 per month.
10 GB for free
100 GB for $5 per month
Unlimited storage for $15 per month, per customer, requires at least three customers. This means there's a total minimum price of $45 per month.
For customers who are looking for storage in the range of 20 GB to 200 GB, Apple's new pricing makes it a more affordable option than Microsoft, Box and Dropbox. The new pricing also makes it more comparable to Google's pricing.
This is good news for Apple fans as they will surely be using iCloud a lot more going forward. The company on Monday said that once OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are released this fall, all photos taken on iPhones and iPads will be saved to iCloud so that users can access their pictures through any of their Apple devices.
OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 will also introduce iCloud Drive, a special folder where users can save their files to make them easily accessible through any of their Apple devices and Windows 8 computers.
With iCloud Drive and the iCloud update for the Photos app, Apple users will need all the cloud storage they can get.
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Steven J Weinberg:
Posted: 2014-06-18 @ 1:42am PT
Yes! Yes! But let's hear more very soon about larger iCloud subscription sizes up to 1 Tb and about availability dates. We're making these decisions now and need to know how to weigh our Apple iCloud options. Once made, it's very sticky and difficult to change.
Posted: 2014-06-15 @ 6:59am PT
Not one word on finally fixing Exchange.
Everything else sounds great, but, wasn't it about time. With today's electronics and their capabilities, sync and storage are the main issues. Storage is still way too expensive, considering if I would like to backup my surveillance cameras drive to the cloud. You get an idea where I'm going. Then, pictures, documents and cd (music) collections. Or videos, for others. So, with ISP's cashing in on top of the storage cost, it's just insane. I think a Hosting service is the way to go, unlimited storage! I have to do some more research on this whole subject, but so far it's frustrating. More so if you are in a position where you would like to do something like 'assigned sharing' or 'Who can see what' e.g., Family, social networking, coworkers. Adding all up, it's just way too expensive for a private party.
Posted: 2014-06-12 @ 4:29pm PT
Waht about Copy.com - what do you think of that service?