Apple Boosts iCloud: More Storage, Stronger Privacy

  • Apple introduces new iCloud Plus plans: 6TB for R569.82/month and 12TB for R1,139.64/month.
  • Enhanced privacy features include Private Relay, Hide My Email, and end-to-end encrypted security footage.
  • Users in South Africa can now choose from a range of storage options to meet their needs and enhance privacy.

In a recent move that’s sure to excite Apple enthusiasts and power users alike, Apple has unveiled an expansion of its iCloud Plus plans, offering more storage options and enhanced privacy features. These updates were revealed during the iPhone 15 event last week and are now available for South African users to take advantage of. Let’s delve into the details.

New Storage Options to Meet Growing Needs

Apple’s iCloud Plus service has been a go-to cloud storage solution for many, and the new plans address the increasing demand for storage capacity. Two new plans have been introduced:

PlanStorageMonthly Cost (ZAR)
6TB Plan6 terabytesR569.82
12TB Plan12 terabytesR1,139.64

The 6TB plan, priced at R569.82 per month, is perfect for users with substantial storage needs. Professional photographers, videographers, and those working with the iPhone 15’s upgraded 48MP main camera or hefty ProRes files will find this plan particularly beneficial.

For users with even more extensive storage requirements, the 12TB plan, available at R1,139.64 per month, offers a colossal amount of storage space. This is especially suitable for professionals dealing with vast amounts of data.

Enhanced Privacy Features

Beyond expanding storage options, iCloud Plus plans now include several enhanced privacy features, making them even more appealing for those concerned about their online privacy and security.

  1. Private Relay: This VPN-like service helps safeguard your browsing activity from third parties. By routing your internet traffic through Apple’s servers, it adds an extra layer of protection to your online activities.
  2. Hide My Email: In a world filled with spam and data breaches, this feature generates random email addresses that can be used when signing up for online services, newsletters, or offers. It’s a clever way to protect your actual email address from being exposed.
  3. Personalized iCloud Email Domain: With iCloud Plus, you can personalize your iCloud email domain, giving you a unique and tailored email address.
  4. End-to-End Encrypted Security Footage: Apple is taking your security seriously by offering end-to-end encryption for your security camera footage. This ensures that your sensitive video data remains private and secure.

Choosing the Right Plan for You

Alongside these new offerings, Apple continues to provide its existing iCloud Plus plans:

PlanStorageMonthly Cost (ZAR)
50GB Plan50 gigabytesR18.81
200GB Plan200 gigabytesR56.42
2TB Plan2 terabytesR227.33

These plans cater to a wide range of storage needs, from the basic 50GB plan for everyday users to the 2TB plan for those with more substantial storage requirements.

South African users now have a variety of iCloud Plus plans to choose from, allowing them to select the one that aligns best with their storage and privacy needs.

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