Apple's iPhone XS costs $ 999, but it's not the end of it. You'll soon see alerts that your iCloud storage is almost full. Apple wants $ 0.99 per month so you can back up your phone and photos.
Your iCloud Storage Fills Up Fast
Apple gives each Apple ID account 5 GB of iCloud storage. This is shared for iCloud backups of your devices, iCloud image libraries, iCloud application data, and personal files you have stored in iCloud Drive.
This is filled quickly! Modern iPhones have high resolution cameras and take live photos. Only one photo can be 3.5 MB in size. The video is getting bigger. Device Backup can easily use 1.5GB per device. And you only get a total of 5GB to store your backups, even if you have both an iPhone and iPad.
As you approach 5 GB of storage, your iPhone (or iPad) begins to earn you to pay. Apple also sends you an email requesting more money.
The cheapest iCloud storage plan you can buy is $ 0.99 per month for 50GB. Apple requests 99 cents a month to stop naked.
It's just a bad experience to wear a premium product, especially on an iPhone 999 iPhone or a top $ 1449 iPhone XS Max with 512GB of internal memory. Apple should not be nickel-dampening its customers, especially those who buy the advanced hardware.
This is 16GB iPhones All Over Again
Apple has offered 5GB of free iCloud storage space since 2011. At that time, iPhone came in between 8GB and 64GB of storage space.
Today, over seven years later, Apple still offers 5GB of free iCloud space. The latest iPhones come with 64GB to 512GB of internal memory.
This feels like the 16GB iPhone situation again. Apple included 16GB of storage on the iPhone models up to the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 managed to thank the basic model to 32 GB, and the iPhone 8 backed it to 64 GB.
But it only happened after years of complaint. 16GB of storage space was too little for iPhone 6s when it came out. This forced iPhone users to micromanage their devices on the device, do not install too many apps, and be careful not to capture too many photos and videos.
Like 16GB iPhones, Apple offers a bad experience trying to sell more storage – this time, digital storage. iPhone users should not have to micromanage their iCloud storage.
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Okay, that's a good deal – but it's even worse
This is the very sad thing: The $ 0.99 per month iGBoud storage plan for 50GB is a pretty good deal.
Most people could probably come with this 50GB. For a dollar a month, it is a fairly cheap service. If you want to use iCloud Photos without night or micromanagement, it's a good deal. Most iPhone users should surely consider spending 99 cents each month.
But come on, this is not good. Apple sells premium products at an affordable price, and it should not be nickel-and-dark their customers for 99 cents a month to use them properly.
Google and Amazon Offer More
Google offers 15GB of free storage space for Google Accounts. You can also load an unlimited amount of photos to Google Photos at a lower quality level – they're not even counting your 15GB. We strongly recommend Google Photos if you do not want to use iCloud Photos or pay for additional iCloud storage on your iPhone.
When you buy a new Chromebook, Google delivers 100GB of free Google Drive storage space for two years. And Chromebooks are much cheaper than iPhones!
Amazon also offers unlimited storage of high resolution images with Amazon Prime via the Amazon Photos app. Of course, Amazon Prime is more expensive than $ 0.99 a month, but Prime contains many benefits, and there is a good chance that you pay for it anyway.
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What Apple Should Do
Apple could do more. Even just 15GB of extra free iCloud storage for everyone would go a long way. If Apple does not want to be too generous, it may contain two years more iCloud storage with each purchase of a new iPhone.
Or hello, Apple can bundle another iCloud storage space with AppleCare +. Purchase service plan and get some free space. That would make a lot of sense.
It's not even about the money
It's not even about the money. 99 cents a month is not much. But it's insulting that Apple will ask for a few pennies right after you bought an expensive device.
The iPhone will only work well, without nags, upsells and $ 0.99 pay monthly on your credit card bill.
We & # 39; are not the first people to say this, of course. Verge demanded that Apple increase the free iCloud storage distribution earlier this year, and John Gruber said that 5 GB "seems ridiculous." But more people need to say it, just like it was a storm of general criticism before Apple increased the 16GB iPhone storage space.
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