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Lower prices, more storage: Why you should upgrade to Apple’s new iCloud plans

By Alvin Soon - on 17 Sep 2015, 11:35am

Lower prices, more storage: Apple’s new iCloud plans start today

Together with the unveiling of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPad Pro and Apple TV, Apple also announced that it would be offering more storage for iCloud at lower prices.

Those new iCloud storage plans are available today. Here’s a quick summary; note that the 50GB plan wasn’t available previously, and that the 20GB and 500GB plans have been retired:

  Previous Prices (in SGD) Current Prices (in SGD)
5GB Free Free
20GB S$1.28 N.A.
50GB N.A. S$1.28
200GB S$4.98 S$3.98
500GB S$12.98 N.A.
1TB S$24.98 S$12.98

If you’re already paying for the monthly plan, you’ll be upgraded automatically to the new plan. There might be a bug though; on my iPhone 6 running iOS 9, my iCloud settings still says that I have a total storage of 20GB, but when I tap ’Change Storage Plan,’ it says that my current plan is the 50GB one at S$1.28 per month.

A quick search online reveals that I’m not the only one with this problem. It could just be birthing pains from everyone downloading iOS 9 today, so check back again in a day or two to see if it gets fixed.

If you’re on an annual plan, though, it’s a little more complicated. You’ll continue to renew at the old rates, and if you select a new monthly plan, your old annual plan will no longer be available.

Apple’s new storage prices are now closer to Google Drive and Dropbox, which both offer 1TB of storage for about US$10 a month. The 5GB free plan is meagre, and if you’re like me, you’ll likely run out sooner or later if you use that plan.

How iCloud backup saved my wife’s photos after her iPhone took a dip

Not me.

S$1.28 for 50GB a month is not bad though, so it’s worth considering if you’re not yet signed up. My wife recently dropped her iPhone 6 into water accidentally, and it couldn’t be saved.

Thanks to her iCloud backup, she was able to get her replacement iPhone up and running in no time - most importantly, she was able to retrieve all the photos in her Camera Roll album, because her iPhone automatically backed up to iCloud every night.

We all know how important the data on our phones are, especially our photos, so for the price of a cup of kopi (or even less than that these days) a month, that’s peace of mind I’d recommend anyone invest in.

To upgrade your iCloud storage plan on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage. To do the same on a Mac, click the Apple menu > Preferences > iCloud.

Complement this post to see what’s new in iOS 9, how iPads have never been more affordable, what’s coming in the new iPhone 6s/6s Plus, and the new gold and rose gold Apple Watch Sport editions.