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TekBasics Topics is a blog that is updated occasionally with tips, news, and advice of interest to TekBasics clients.

Reminder: check your iCloud storage plan

Earlier this year Apple announced lower pricing for iCloud storage. For example, 50GB of storage is now 99 cents/month, which is what the 20GB plan used to cost.

I read somewhere that Apple was going to automatically upgrade iCloud paying users to the cheaper plans. Now that iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have been released, I wanted to check whether Apple had upgraded my 20GB iCloud storage plan to 50GB. I opened up the iCloud system preference and clicked on the Manage button in the lower right corner. Then I clicked on the Change Storage Plan button in the upper right corner.

It still showed 20GB!

So I converted my 20GB plan to the 50GB plan since the cost is the same... 99 cents per month. A no-brainer.

The 5GB plan is still free, but if you're paying for additional iCloud storage you should check your plan.

Here's how iCloud storage pricing has changed over the years:

8/1/2011
10GB (total of 15GB) = $20/year
20GB (total of 25GB) = $40/year
50GB (total of 55GB) = $100/year

9/10/2014
20GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $47.88/year
500GB (total) = $119.88/year
1TB (total) = $239.88/year

9/9/2015
50GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $35.88/year
1TB (total) = $119.88/year

With Internet speeds trending upward, online storage costs are trending downward. Bargains are available. For example, I use online backup service Backblaze for continuous online backup at a cost of $50.00/year. That is a per computer price that includes all of the external storage drives that are attached to the computer. I have four 1TB drives attached, so:

4TB (unlimited) = $50.00/year

That's less than half the cost of the 1TB iCloud plan for four times the storage space! If you don't know about Backblaze, check out their 15-day free trial. Click here if you're interested.


What you need to know about backing up your Mac

If you’re a TekBasics client you’ve probably heard us preach how important it is to back up your Mac. It’s easy to suddenly lose all of your files so backing up is mandatory!

We’ve published a brief 5-lesson backup tutorial, right here on the TekBasics website:

Lesson 1: Why back up?

Lesson 2: Will your disk fail?

Lesson 3: Why a Duplicate Backup?

Lesson 4: Why a Versioned Backup?

Lesson 5: Why an offsite backup?

This tutorial is the most important information on our website. Please take time to read it now.

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TekBasics Topics is a blog that is updated occasionally with tips, news and advice of interest to TekBasics clients. TekBasics provides consulting and support for Apple product users near Nashua, NH.

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I’m Dave Price and I've used Macintosh since it launched in 1984. I've always been the go-to Mac guy during my teaching years and high-tech career. I started TekBasics in 2010 because of the need for an Apple resource in the Nashua area. I look forward to working with you, whether it's troubleshooting or learning more about Apple technology.

When I'm not on my Mac I enjoy spending time with my family. I'm a husband and father to three grown kids and I'm blessed that my two grandkids live nearby.

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