Apple today unveiled a new cloud-based storage system called iCloud Drive. It works in conjunction with iCloud, but gives users greater depth, control and flexibility over the files they store online.
iCloud Drive has a user interface similar to Dropbox and other established file storage services. Users can sort and organize their files as needed – each app gets its own designated folder and users can create new ones as necessary.
Once synced, these files can then be accessed from other Mac computers, as well as iPhones and iPads. In a bold move though, Apple is also making the service available to Windows customers. Aside from iTunes, it’s one of the few times that Apple has made its software available to users on other platforms.
As part of the announcement, Apple also unveiled a new pricing structure for iCloud. Every user will get 5GB for free, followed by $0.99 for 20GB and $3.99 for 200GB per month. For comparison, Google now offers 15GB of Google Drive storage for free, as well as 100GB for $1.99, 1TB for $9.99 and 10TB or higher starting at $99.99 per month.
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