Apple confirms new iCloud pricing alongside iOS 8 release details

Apple has announced the final pricing for its new iCloud storage tiers, the first of which were announced during the iOS 8 unveiling at WWDC earlier this summer.

The new prices include the previously-announced 20GB of cloud storage for $0.99/month and 200GB for $3.99/month, rising to 500GB for $9.99/mo and 1TB for $19.99/month. In comparison to Dropbox’s new single paid storage tier, which include 1TB for $10.99/month or $109.99/year, there are more options to choose from, but the value proposition isn’t quite as high unless you’re already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem. The 1TB tier is also significantly more expensive than the equivalent offering from Microsoft and Google but, again, iCloud is used to automatically backup photos, files and data from Apple users, which is a huge added convenience.

As for some of the other features announced yesterday during the iPhone unveiling, iCloud Photo Library and SMS Continuity will become available in October via an iOS 8 update (presumably 8.1) while Apple Pay will go live for users in the U.S. around the same time.