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Apple unveils new iCloud pricing scheme

Following all this week's major revelations (opens in new tab), including the iPhone 6, phablet version, Apple Watch and of course iOS 8, Apple has announced a new pricing scheme for iCloud storage.

And the good news is that the movement in price is downwards.

The base plan still gives you 5GB for free, but now 20GB costs £0.79 per month, 200GB will set you back £2.99 per month, 500GB costs £6.99 per month, and the whole hog 1TB is pegged at £14.99 per month.

Apple also unveiled iCloud Drive along with iOS 8, and that will emerge shortly (as will the new version of the mobile OS – in fact, iOS 8 arrives on 17 September (opens in new tab) next week). iCloud Drive will allow for full syncing of all file types across iOS, OS X and Windows devices, and collaborative features with the ability to work on files using multiple apps.

On the last point, Apple notes: "For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to colour it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. It's a whole new level of collaboration between apps."

Related: How to upgrade your iPhone 5s to iOS 8: Before September 17 (opens in new tab)

The reaction to Apple's new products has been fairly mixed (opens in new tab) this week, but the new iCloud is definitely a welcome development. There was no mention of any new security features, mind, even though Cupertino has been tweaking things since the infamous naked celebs picture debacle (opens in new tab).

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.