Apple gives employees 50 GB of iCloud storage

“Apple has introduced a new perk for Apple employees, giving them a free 50GB upgrade to their iCloud storage — a $100/year value,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“This is similar to the free MobileMe subscription that employees received until last year when iCloud replaced that service,” Golson reports.

“The standard iCloud account includes 5GB of storage,” Golson reports.

More info and screenshot of message sent to Apple employees in the full article here.


MacDailyNews Take: Enjoy, Apple employees!

Now, for you Apple retail employees: Not only do you get this tremendous value, but you even get to keep your jobs as long as you move enough iPhone cases and other extraneous, over-priced shit from the accessories section, capice? And, try to keep the place clean, will ya? Times are tough, dontcha know?! Now, SELL, SELL, SELL, dammit! Somebody’s got to pay for these perks!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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    1. Of course, it’s his idea! He knows how often employees quit or are removed. Once they start filling up their 50 GB’s and then leave Apple®, they’ll have to start paying for it. A seemingly good perk becomes an eventual Apple profit maker.

  1. While we’re on the subject of iCloud storage, why doesn’t Apple increase the current 5GB limit to 10GB and give that away for free. I’m sure with all iWork documents going to the cloud this will come in handy.

    And by the way can Apple make a watered down document limited file system visible in the cloud even if it’s hidden away in the iDevices. Saving attachments to emails and attaching documents is a hassle

  2. I have 55 GB iCloud. All I need is a similar thumbnail (w/ cloud) ‘iTunes Math’ for Photos for iOS. I’m happy with the backup, iTunes Match, “deleted” apps and movies… I hate dropbox, Picasa e cia. iOS 6 do something Apple please.

  3. That’s nice, but since there is no longer a “mountable disk” type access to the storage (like it was previously with iDisk), having 50GB (versus the regular 5GB) is not really that useful for most people.

    Even if you sign up for iTunes Match, that storage does not count toward your iCloud storage limit. Your Photo Stream does not count. Things you purchase from the iTunes Store and access through iCloud do not count.

    What does count toward your storage limit are things like your Mail data, app data, and personal data. For some people that may be a lot of data, but for most people, 5GB is more than enough to cover it, with room to spare. So for most employees, they’ll have access to 50GB of iCloud storage, but they’ll probably be using less than 5GB, like most customers.

    The utility of iCloud is in how it does things automatically, in the background, to keep your computing devices in sync and your data conveniently accessible. It is NOT in having a huge amount of online storage for “manual” use, like the old iDisk.

    1. You seem to be assuming that iCloud isn’t going have more functionality in the future. Who knows what kind of feature you’ll be able to use iCloud for. More and more apps are taking advantage of iCloud, camera rolls on iPhones are bigger than they used to be and many people have more than one iOS device so 5GB of storage really isn’t that much. On the other hand 50GB, I’d estimate most people would have a hard time filling that up. Better to have too much storage space than not enough.

      A mountable disk also isn’t as necessary as it once was because of how iCloud works.

      1. > A mountable disk also isn’t as necessary as it once was because of how iCloud works.

        I believe that’s what I said, if you actually read what I wrote… 🙂

        Apple’s approach to “the cloud” is fundamentally different from others. The other major players want to put “the cloud” front and center. They want to make “the cloud” the customers’ central repository for all their data. And they’ll use inconvenient and annoying methods to “monetize” the cloud, to pay their bills.

        That is NOT what Apple is doing; as usual, Apple’s way different and better for customers. Apple is primarily using iCloud as the way to keep the customer’s devices in sync automatically, NOT as a central repository for all of the user’s data. For data that is stored online, such as for iTunes Match, it is stored “collectively” as much as possible (from the common iTunes Store music catalog), and only songs that are not “matched” are store “per user.” The goal is to minimize the amount of online data stored per user, not maximize it.

        The purpose of iCloud is to help make the customer’s experience in using Apple’s REAL products (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV) better. Because iCloud itself does not need to be a revenue generator, It can mostly work discreetly in the background and not call attention to itself. The focus is always on using Apple’s products, not on using iCloud. Therefore, iCloud is not going to evolve into an online mega-repository where users keep more and more of their user data over time. That’s what Amazon and Google want to do…

      2. Yes, but I was able to mount my 20 GB iDisk volume on a family/friend’s Mac (or over the web with a password) and give them access to family videos (e.g. weddings) too large to email.

        I will use iCloud, but it doesn’t allow me to share.

  4. MDN’s admonishment sounded inappropriate initially, but after some thought, I concur. Usually, the Apple sales people are talking with each other or deliberately avoiding me when I visit. That just might be my case only, but I sure would prefer that the salespeople would make it a top priority to approach me for a sale. I hate feeling that I have to beg for help.

    1. Guess what, everyone is different. I prefer to be left browsing on my own and approach a salesperson if I want to ask anything or make the purchase.

      Nothing I hate more than being approached by (often multiple) salespeople people asking if I need any help. That’s actually why I stopped going to PC World stores (Browetts’s old employer)

    1. By addressing retail employees and making a point about the current horrid management decisions regarding them, in no way does that indicate that MDN does not understand what they clearly reported: that the 50 GB is for all Apple employees.

  5. No space on iCloud for iPhone users files to backup.

    Developers for iOS 5.0 don’t have ANY place to store downloadable content, other than the Cache folder which randomly gets deleted by iOS whenever it feels it need space.

    Developers for iOS 5.0.1 are only allowed to store downloadable content in above mentioned Cache folder or in the Documents folder, which is exclusive for user files, ONLY IF THE FILES ARE TAGGED TO NOT BE BACKED UP to iCloud.

    Apple is too cheap to actually back up user’s downloaded content in their apps!

    So basically Apple tells the iPhone users that their stuff gets backed up to iCloud, but in reality it is not.

  6. Wonderful, Apple employees enjoy.

    It does nothing for me. Doesn’t matter if Apple gives everyone a terabyte of free storage on its servers. If it’s my data, or my client’s data, it isn’t going on your server. Period.

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