Earlier this year Apple announced lower pricing for iCloud storage. For example, 50GB of storage is now 99 cents/month, which is what the 20GB plan used to cost.
I read somewhere that Apple was going to automatically upgrade iCloud paying users to the cheaper plans. Now that iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have been released, I wanted to check whether Apple had upgraded my 20GB iCloud storage plan to 50GB. I opened up the iCloud system preference and clicked on the Manage button in the lower right corner. Then I clicked on the Change Storage Plan button in the upper right corner.
It still showed 20GB!
So I converted my 20GB plan to the 50GB plan since the cost is the same... 99 cents per month. A no-brainer.
The 5GB plan is still free, but if you're paying for additional iCloud storage you should check your plan.
Here's how iCloud storage pricing has changed over the years:
10GB (total of 15GB) = $20/year
20GB (total of 25GB) = $40/year
50GB (total of 55GB) = $100/year
20GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $47.88/year
500GB (total) = $119.88/year
1TB (total) = $239.88/year
50GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $35.88/year
1TB (total) = $119.88/year
With Internet speeds trending upward, online storage costs are trending downward. Bargains are available. For example, I use online backup service Backblaze for continuous online backup at a cost of $50.00/year. That is a per computer price that includes all of the external storage drives that are attached to the computer. I have four 1TB drives attached, so:
4TB (unlimited) = $50.00/year
That's less than half the cost of the 1TB iCloud plan for four times the storage space! If you don't know about Backblaze, check out their 15-day free trial. Click here if you're interested.