Apple will now lend you iCloud backup space, so you can transfer everything to a new phone without having to delete stuff.
When you buy a new iPhone, the easiest way to upgrade is to restore from an iCloud backup. Problem is, with only 5GB of space, many users don’t have a backup. The iOS 15 and watchOS 8 betas fix that, by lending you as much online iCloud storage space as you need, free, for up to three weeks. The idea is you can make a backup, restore it to the new phone, then delete that backup. It’s nice, but it only emphasizes how ridiculously little iCloud storage Apple provides for free.
“Typically, 5GB is not enough for someone to store a reasonable amount of photos and videos in the cloud. Increasing it would make a big difference because more people will experience how beneficial cloud storage can be and get pushed to purchase a paid plan,” Harriet Chan, co-founder and software developer for CocoFinder, told Lifewire via email.