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Dan Moren for Macworld

Hey, Apple: It’s time to rethink iCloud ↦

There’s no shortage of predictions over what Apple will discuss at its upcoming September event, but here’s one thing that the company probably won’t spend any time on, even though perhaps it should: iCloud storage.

On Wednesday, Apple quietly added a new storage tier to its iCloud offerings: 2TB of storage for $20 per month. That has prompted plenty of speculation, some suggesting that a 256GB iPhone might appear to join the 256GB iPad Pro, or that the base storage for iPhones will be bumped up to 32GB. Of course, there are other potential reasons for the storage bump, such as a new feature of macOS Sierra that lets you store your Documents and Desktop folders in iCloud, to be synced between all your Macs.

That’s all pretty costly in terms of storage space, so adding a 2TB option makes sense. (Personally, as someone who keeps raw podcast files on his desktop, I imagine I won’t be indulging in that macOS feature.) But if Apple raises the amount of storage included in iPhones, then one thing’s for sure: That the default 5GB storage plan is going to start seeming paltry pretty fast. (Whoops, too late. It already seems pretty paltry.)

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