Soon after announcing an array of new devices and software upgrades for its existing products in the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017, San Jose, Apple has slashed the prices of its iCloud storage by 50%.
iCloud can be used to store backups of your data including images, music files, mail, documents and more.
iCloud users get 5GB of free storage upon registration but in order to expand that, they need to sign up from either one fo the (now three) available monthly subscription plans.
Alongside slashing the price of its costliest iCloud subscription, Apple has also removed the 1TB cloud storage plan from the list.
Now users can either avail 50GB, 200GB or 2TB of iCloud storage.
The pricing differs according to the country of the users. US-based users can avail the 2TB subscription for $9.99 now, while the price for the 50 and 200GB plans remain unchanged at $0.99 and $2.99, respectively.
Users who were subscribed to the 1TB plan will be upgraded to the 2TB monthly plan. You can find the price list for all the supported regions here.
How Does iCloud Fair Against Competition?
The slash in price for iCloud’s 2TB subscription stacks well against competitors such as Google Drive and Dropbox, both of whom offer 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month.
However, Microsoft’s OneDrive can be considered a worthy competitor for Apple’s iCloud as the company offers 1TB of cloud storage for $6.99 alongwith access to Office suite of applications.
Cloud storage has increasingly become popular as it not only gives users remote access to their data, it also makes their data safe from physical damage.
If your main idea of subscribing to a cloud storage is to create a backup for your images and you do not have a significant amount of other kind of files to store, then Google’s $1.99-worth 100GB storage is worth a shot as it allows users to store unlimited photos without them getting counted against your 100GB limit.
But though cloud technology is developing at a steady pace, security surrounding the same seems to be lagging behind.