Apple May Need to Increase Its iCloud Storage Tiers

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Apple May Need to Increase Its iCloud Storage Tiers

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.

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“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.

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