Together with the launch of iOS 9, Apple has simplified and lowered its iCloud storage pricing. Previously Apple offered iCloud storage in tiers of 5GB (free), 20GB ($0.99/month), 200GB ($3.99/month), 500GB ($9.99/month) and 1TB ($19.99/month).
In new pricing, every iCloud user still get the same 5GB free storage. For $0.99 per month, user will get 50GB rather than 20GB. 200GB tier is now at $2.99. The 500GB tier is dropped, instead you will get 1TB for the same price of $9.99.
If you’re outside of USA, check out the Apple support document for iCloud storage pricing in your local currency. Depending on exchange rates used by Apple, you might get a better deal compared with US pricing.
With attractive pricing, is it time to pay Apple for iCloud storage? It depends. We see three main uses for iCloud storage: iCloud documents created from various apps, iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Backup. If you’re using just iCloud documents, the 5GB free plan is sufficient for most people. The 50GB $0.99 tier is probably a must if you use iCloud Backup, especially if you’re backing up more than one iOS devices. iCloud Photo Library is a different consideration altogether. As you can upgrade and downgrade iCloud storage plan at anytime, just start with the lowest 50GB $0.99 plan and upgrade as needed.