It’s long past time for Apple to fix the three biggest iCloud problems

“My colleague Bradley Chambers recently wrote that his single biggest disappointment with WWDC was that Apple made no move to announce an upgrade to the 5GB free iCloud tier,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “The 5GB free tier is now nothing less than an embarrassment.”

“No increase in the free tier in seven years, while storage costs have plummeted, makes Apple look like it hasn’t noticed. An embarrassment because 5GB isn’t even enough to back up an iPhone once you start filling it with content like photos and videos,” Lovejoy writes. “An embarrassment because you get exactly one quota of 5GB even if you’ve bought dozens of Apple devices over the years. Even if you just spent thousands of dollars on a shiny new MacBook Pro. Immediately forcing people to spend more on upgrading their iCloud account feels like nickel-and-diming customers.”

“But the paucity of the free storage tier isn’t the only embarrassing thing about iCloud. The second is security. For a company which not only prides itself on privacy, but uses it as a key marketing issue, it’s ridiculous that iCloud still doesn’t employ end-to-end encryption,” Lovejoy writes. “The third improvement I’d like to see is absolute transparency and choice about what is and isn’t stored on iCloud – especially on the Mac.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, yes, and yes.

Apple is stingy and should at the very least give users 5GB of iCloud storage per device. — MacDailyNews, July 15, 2016

And here’s a fourth fix we’d love to see:

On, Apple should add a tool where people can enter multiple Apple IDs and passwords and combine them into one.

Biting the iCloud storage bullet – June 22, 2017


  1. How about getting iCloud to work correctly with Windows 10. My iCloud for Windows stopped working months ago and I cannot seem to fix it. A real inconvenience when needing to move files from my Mac to my PC (design software). Multiple calls to tech support… nobody knows how to fix it.

  2. I use iCloud to sync the calendar, the keychain, and other Apple software, but that’s it.

    If Apple thinks the Documents folder contains only user-created files, they haven’t been using Macs. It seems to be the Lazy Developer’s Library Folder. It contains too much stuff that I don’t need or want to sync.

    I created a separate Files folder on both my Macs for files I personally create. The only cloud service that can’t sync it is iCloud.

  3. Another example of Apple’s greed under Cook. When public perception changes to Apple being a greedy company on the back’s of their customers… it will be very tough to turn that opinion around.

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