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The new iCloud prices are available

The photo flow was limited to a thousand photos and the last month. With the iCloud photo library, there is only one limit: the space remaining on your account. Suffice to say that the 5 basic GB will not be enough if you also want to save your devices and store documents in iCloud. With new mobile and computer systems, the 20 GB offer will probably be the minimum that will quickly become just.

iCloud revises its prices and goes up to 1 to

Apple iCloud

In addition to the major press conference, Apple has seen its prices for iCloud. A capacity of 1 to is now available.

If all eyes focused on the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, the Cupertino firm took advantage of this event to groom its storage offer in Cloud mode. The new pricing policy for iCloud had been announced at WWDC last June.

Concretely, the free basic offer is always to 5 GB (the other competitors offer from the start 15 GB free). To have 20 GB, Users will pay 0.99 euros per month. For 200 GB, the monthly amount will be 3.99 euros. Apple adds two additional capacities with on one side 500 GB for 9.99 euros And 1 TB for 19.99 euros per month.

Apple tries to position its offer more in line with competition proposals. 1 TB has become a reference capacity for professionals for cloud storage suppliers, such as Dropbox or OneDrive from Microsoft and Google Drive. But the comparison stops there, because in terms of prices on high capacities, Apple is still much more expensive than its competitors. So, Google offers 9.99 euros for 1 to and 100 euros for 10 to.

This iCloud price grid will be applicable with the arrival of iOS 8 which should be pushed by Apple on September 17th.

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The new iCloud prices are available

It was planned, it is now effective: iCloud prices have been adjusted in anticipation of the release of iOS 8. Apple offers both more storage space, and lower its prices compared to the old formulas. Before talking about the latter, let us recall the previous situation, with four formulas:

  • 5 GB of storage: free
  • 15 GB of storage: € 16 per year
  • 25 GB of storage: € 32 per year
  • 55 GB of storage: € 80 per year

Apple has not changed the first free level which remains at 5 GB of storage. On the other hand, the 15 GB option disappears in favor of 20 GB of storage, at a price below previously. We can also opt for 200 GB, 500 GB and even 1 TB of storage:

  • 5 GB of storage: free
  • 20 GB of storage: € 0.99 per month
  • 200 GB of storage: € 3.99 per month
  • 500 GB of storage: € 9.99 per month
  • 1 TB of storage: € 19.99 per month

As we can see, Apple goes from a year payment, to monthly packages. We can no longer buy an iCloud option for a year, but we stay on an annual package if it was already the case before the transition. If you had paid an option with the old formulas, Apple leaves you on an annual package, unless you change the formula. In this case, you will have to pay each month.

The prices having dropped, you will even receive a reimbursement in proportion to the number of months remaining before the end of your subscription. To take our case as an example, we had subscribed to the first option (15 GB for 16 € per year) and the package was renewed every year in October. In this case, we remain at an annual package with the first paid option for a month and a half and Apple reimburses us the (small) difference: € 0.60. If you have just renewed for one year, the manufacturer will reimburse you up to € 5 for the first option.

If Apple offers more storage space, it is not only because the costs of storage on servers have dropped enormously since the release of the first version of iCloud. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, all your photos and videos can be stored in the cloud, and the 50 GB at the maximum accessible until then will not be enough.

The photo flow was limited to a thousand photos and the last month. With the iCloud photo library, there is only one limit: the space remaining on your account. Suffice to say that the 5 basic GB will not be enough if you also want to save your devices and store documents in iCloud. With new mobile and computer systems, the 20 GB offer will probably be the minimum that will quickly become just.

Offers at 200 GB or better should certainly gain popularity, even if Apple prices are far from the most competitive. For € 10 per month, Dropbox offers twice as much storage as Apple and many additional functions, even if iCloud Drive also allows you to synchronize any file.

Difficult for the moment to assess its storage needs before activating the storage of photos in iCloud. The advantage of the new monthly payment being that one can easily change from one month to the other: enough to see coming and increasing only when you need it. And who knows, the prices may have dropped when you have too many photos to settle for 20 GB of storage ?

Recall that the synchronization of photos is, like all the functions of iCloud by the way, completely optional. After updates, you can deactivate it in iCloud settings.