Apple’s new 2TB iCloud storage tier will give your iPhone tonnes of space

Caitlin McGarry
1 September, 2016
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iCloud, apple, macworld australiaJust one week before Apple is expected to show off the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company launched a 2TB iCloud storage tier for US$20 a month.

That’s a significant amount of space, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to add a 256GB option to its upcoming iPhone lineup. As 9to5Mac noted, Apple typically offers iCloud storage plans that are eight times the size of the iPhone’s internal storage options. The iPhone 6s tops out at 128GB, and the previous iCloud storage max was 1TB.

Does that confirm a 256GB iPhone? No. Apple has a 256GB iPad already, so maybe its cloud storage options are finally catching up with Pro-level usage. The new Desktop and Documents feature coming in macOS Sierra is poised to eat up tonnes of iCloud Drive space if you use it to save files stored on your Desktop or in your Documents folder to the cloud.

If 2TB is much more than you’ll ever use, Apple is keeping its more modest storage plans, too, at the same prices: 50GB for US$1 per month, 200GB for US$3, and 1TB for US$10. You get 5GB of iCloud space for free, as before.

The story behind the story: On 7 September, Apple will take the wraps off its next-gen iPhones. Rumour has it the 7 Plus will have a dramatically overhauled camera with two lenses, so that extra iCloud storage could be useful for all the high-quality images and 4K videos upgraders will be shooting. Rumour also has it Apple is dropping the base-level 16GB iPhone after years of complaints about paltry storage.

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