That works for me, but note that Apple usually has a number of smaller product changes that were left on the presentation cutting room floor. Here’s one that I didn’t see in the new product show on Apple TV, but makes me think it’s time to put everything Apple into iCloud. Everything?
Without much fanfare, Apple dropped the 1TB iCloud storage tier that was $9.99 a month and replaced it with 2TB of storage at the same price. For now I use the $2.99 a month plan for 200GB which is enough to handle all my documents, plus photos and videos in Photos.
iCloud storage options remain rather simple. 5GB are free. 50GB is a mere 99-cents per month. A more serious 200GB remains at $2.99 per month, and a very serious 2TB of storage is $9.99 per month.
I see two basic issues with iCloud’s new, more aggressive pricing.
First up, how does it compare to cloud storage competitors? As it turns out, pretty good. Dropbox and Google charge $9.99 per month but only for 1TB of storage. Microsoft’s OneDrive tops out at 1TB for a mere $6.99 per month, but that also includes a personal copy of Microsoft Office.
To sweeten the iCloud pot, so to speak, Apple also has Family Sharing which lets up to six people share iBooks, App Store purchases, and now, iCloud storage; albeit only in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, due later this year.
I have about 150GB of photos and videos in Photos, so iCloud Photo Sharing puts all those into iCloud so they’re visible on all the family’s devices. I have another 50GB of Documents and files that I don’t keep on iCloud, and another 200GB of movies separate from Photos.
Storage requirements add up quickly and while I considered the 1TB iCloud storage plan for $9.99 per month, the choice is easier when I can add family members (and their storage requirements) to a 2TB iCloud storage plan for the same money.
Secondly, is Apple’s cloud service secure and safe enough to store everything online? Granted, iCloud remains a backup and the easy way to access files from any Apple device, but can it be trusted?
That’s the question. Do you trust iCloud enough to put everything on your Mac into the cloud?
So long as it’s used as a backup system and as access for iPhones, iPads, et al, and the Mac remains my primary storage system, I’m willing to take the chance and upgrade. After all, iCloud seems to work well at synchronizing files between devices, iCloud Photo Library works well enough, and I have not complaints– other than speed (Dropbox is faster)– with iCloud Drive.
iOS 11’s new File app will make managing files on multiple devices much easier, so maybe it’s time to consider putting it all on iCloud.