Back in October 2011, Apple launched its iCloud service which was designed as a one-stop storage device. They released this application just a couple of days before the iPhone 4S was released. It was considered to be a perfect way to wirelessly back up photos, documents, apps, settings, contacts and much more.
Anyone who signed up for iCloud was given 5GB of storage free to be shared across all their Apple devices. However, if your free storage capacity gets full, then to have more space to have to pay monthly for it. In 2011, this service mesmerised all of the Apple users, but soon they realised it was not enough for them. In the last seven years ago, nothing has changed, and in 2018 it is still not good enough for the users.
5GB Is Not Enough
No matter, how many dollars you have spent on getting new and latest iPhones, MacBooks, or any other Apple devices, the 5GB storage is not enough and it is a sad reality of life. In today’s modern era, it is woefully inadequate where individuals have more files, photos and documents to back up, then the space available.
Although, the most popular model iPhone4S had 8GB or 16GB of storage and iPhone X with 64GB or 256GB of storage. So why they have not upgraded the free iCloud storage capacity?
It is a fact that nowadays people take more photos and videos in higher resolution. Upgrading the camera is enticing enough for the users to buy an iPhone, but all this excitement will disappear when your storage runs out of storage space. You are then left with only to options, i.e. delete some stuff or buy more storage.
Your iCloud Storage Allowances
At first, the 5GB will sound like a lot especially for those who are not technology savvy. To make it more clear and understandable let us see which of Apple’s cloud services are counted against that space.
1.iCloud Backup: it includes the backups of all your iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.
2.iCloud Drive: it includes storing all the documents like iWork and data from third-party apps on OS X and iOS so that they can be accessed from any device.
3.iCloud mail: this will store all your emails and their attachments from your @icloud.com email account.
4.iCloud Photo Library: this includes the storage of every video and photo on all your Macs and iOS devices.
At first, it does not look bad at all, and you think that the storage is more than enough for you. But unfortunately for those working people who have worth of decades of emails, photos, and documents it becomes a complete joke.
To make things worse and more complicated, when backing up the photos, Apple offers a second option, and that is My Photo Stream which is not included in your iCloud limit. But it is only limited to 1000 photos and only of the last 30 days will be added and there are some other restrictions available as well.
Although you can share and save your phones on windows PC through My Photo Stream for that, you have to manually download and then back up everything to ensure that you do not lose any of the data.
Buying More Storage
Now, let’s compare the buying storage plan of iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft to see the difference.
iCloud: In 2011, you could get an extra 10GB for $20 a year, 20GB for $40, or 50GB for $100. But in 2018, you will pay a dollar a month for 50GB or $12 a year. You can get 200GB for $36 or 2TB for $120.
Google Drive: It has recently updated its Google Drive storage plans, and the new one is called Google One. It offers 100GB for $24 a year, 200GB for $36, or 2TB for $120.
Microsoft: It offers 50GB for $24 a year, or you can upgrade to Office 365 Personal for $70 with 1TB. For $100 a year you can get Office 365 Home. It gives you 5TB and the Office software on up to five devices.
In the above comparison, the Apple’s deal looks impressive and competitive but not so much if you want more storage in the end. It is because it has bought a lot of its storage traditionally from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.
There are other points to consider as well. Firstly, most individuals won’t be ready to pay extra for storage and in the end, they turn off their automatic backup system when their reach their limit. Secondly, if your iPhone goes missing or breaks, then you have lost all of your files and cannot restore it. It does not sound good right!
Free Storage And More Control
Samsung one of the major competitors of Apple offers 15GB for free. On top of it, you can also upload an unlimited number of photos and videos for free by Google Photos app.
While google drive works on all the related platforms like iCloud, it also works on Android and Linux. We can not see Apple ever catering to Android, even though plenty of iPhone users also use Android devices. But it would be helpful to be able to use iCloud on an Android smartphone, especially for families who have a mixture of gadgets.
You also get extra control over what you want to back up and what not with Google’s software. Apple does not permit you to do this and dictate that this report or that folder should be backed up and this one doesn’t need to be.
The concept of having iCloud to manage all that on the phone without you having to reflect on it is attractive, and it will suit many people. In fact, with infinite storage capacity, this would be an appropriate way for it to work, but with just 5GB it is a long way from perfect.
Apple Can Do Better
In the end, Apple needs to fix this storage issue as asking for extra storage does not seem too much to ask. Apple could also give more control option to the users.
The reality is that cloud services, syncing throughout devices, and backups are the most useful thing to do as we do more on our phones. Apple has to make iCloud service better that stands out. It would tempt more individuals to buy the iPhone and make them less likely to leave.