Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus has long been rumored to sport a dual-lens camera system that is capable of capturing DLSR-quality photos. And since high quality images come in large files, it is already a given that users would need to have a large storage space to house these files. To address this need, Apple quietly launched its 2TB iCloud storage tier on Tuesday.
According to MacRumors, the new iCloud storage option is now available in North America, South America, Latin America and the Caribbean and such huge storage space is available for $19.99 in the United States which is $10 more than the price of the 1TB tier. For users who will not need such gargantuan cloud data storage spaces, there is the very cheap $0.99 50GB option and the affordable 200GB option that is valued at $2.99.
Other parts of the world that will have access to the 2TB iCloud storage option are Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific, as per Apple Insider, who also pointed out that the default iCloud storage upon singup remains to be 5GB.
The arrival of the 2TB option comes a week prior the official launch of the Cupertino giant's highly anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus during its Sept. 7 media event. Thus, MacRumors says that one of possible reason why Apple introduced this gargantuan storage option is to prepare for the arrival of the iPhone 7 Plus with dual-lens camera.
In addition to this new iCloud storage tier, Apple is also rumored to have boosted the onboard memory of the new iPhones by ditching the 16GB base model for the new 32GB base model, replacing the 64GB mid-tier with the 128GB option and boosting its top-tier memory option to 256GB.
Because the onboard storage options of the iPhone 7 Plus are now believed to be larger, MacRumors quips that another possible reason why Apple launched the 2TB iCloud storage tier is to make way for the upcoming desktop syncing feature of macOS Sierra that will require huge iCloud storage in making all the contents of the Documents folder accessible to a wide range of devices.
No matter what the real reason is, these upgraded storage options — both internal and iCloud-based — will be advantageous to all Apple consumers, especially when the Cupertino giant introduces its slew of new products in the remaining months of the year.