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Apple outs new storage pricing ahead of iCloud Drive roll out

Following the launch of two new iPhones and an iWatch at Apple’s hotly anticipated media event, the company has quietly updated its website with the new iCloud price plans.

Ahead of the roll-out of the iCloud Drive storage platform for iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite, the firm has unveiled the tariffs it hopes will convince users to keep their storage in-house, rather than side with the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive.

As Apple revealed at WWDC, iCloud members will still automatically get 5GB of free storage per iCloud account, while a mere 79 pence a month will get users 20GB of storage on the platform. 200GB of storage will set users back £2.99 a month.

The new tariffs, revealed on Tuesday, see a 500GB package for on sale for £6.99 and 1TB is £14.99 a month. That last one is a little strange because it offers no savings to users who go all the way.

Dropbox, the leader in the field, offers 1TB of storage for $9.99 (around £6) a month, which is much cheaper than Apple. Dropbox also allows users to earn up to 16GB of free storage by referring their friends and family to the service, although the basic package only offers 2GB,

Google Drive’s offers 100GB of stooge for $1.99 (about £1.20) a month, while 1TB is again around £6. Users get 15GB free of charge.

iCloud Drive will officially open for business when iOS 8 rolls out on September 17 and when the firm decides to launch Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Users of the platform will be able to store a massive range of files in the cloud, while accessing and sharing them from any of their iOS devices, Macs or PCs.

Read more: Apple Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite: What’s New?

Via: MacRumors

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