Some iCloud Storage Plans Unavailable to Purchase Today, Likely Due to Server Issues


A number of MacRumors readers received an email from Apple today stating that their 50GB iCloud storage plan subscription has been "discontinued" and will no longer automatically renew. Several users on Reddit and Twitter have also reported receiving the email, which may have been sent mistakenly.

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Relatedly, some iCloud storage plans were unavailable for purchase on iOS and macOS Sierra. When we checked the "Upgrade iCloud Storage" menu on an iPhone, both the 50GB and 200GB tiers were no longer listed. Later, the 1TB tier disappeared as well. On another iPhone, the menu wouldn't load at all.

Apple has not announced any changes to its iCloud storage plans, and it has not recently updated its iCloud storage plans and pricing support document, so this was likely simply a server-related issue on Apple's backend. Apple's System Status page does not reflect any ongoing iCloud-related issues.

Apple has not indicated why the "discontinued" emails were sent, but all four of the 50GB, 200GB, 1TB, and 2TB tiers appear to be available for purchase again for most users. We'll update this article if we hear anything else, particularly if Apple does have surprise changes to its iCloud storage plans in the works.

Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
49 months ago
Dang it, I was hoping for a price drop. At the very least, Apple needs to do Mac Pro like price adjustment.


* 50GB @ $0.99/month ($0.24 per GB)
* 200GB @ $2.99/month ($0.18 per GB)

* 1TB @ $9.99/month ($0.12 per GB)

* 2TB @ $19.99/month ($0.12 per GB)

My wish is $0.06 per GB across the board:

* 200GB @ $0.99/month ($0.06 per GB)
* 1TB @ $4.99/month ($0.06 per GB)
* 2TB @ $9.99/month ($0.06 per GB)

Better yet, offer flexible $0.99/month per 200GB used, with family sharing.

In case anyone's wondering, Dropbox is $0.10 per GB and Google Drive varies between $0.20 and $0.10 per GB. And neither offer flexible pay-as-you-use pricing, nor family sharing.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
drewyboy Avatar
49 months ago

Shame on you for taking the time to compose a detailed message and call out people when you arrogantly avoided one detail. There are 12 months per year. He was calculating everything x12....

Then maybe all of his math shouldn't have been in "/month". Absolutely no mention of year. I was simply going on the math and details/numbers he provided. I'm not a mind reader.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BuckeyeShaw Avatar
49 months ago

Um... either I'm completely wooshing on this one or you're horrible at math.

$0.99/50GB= $0.0198 per GB
$2.99/200GB= $0.01495 per GB
$9.99/1000GB = $0.00999 per GB
$19.99/2000GB = $0.00999 per GB

At $0.06 per GB this would be the cost:
200GB = $12.00
1TB = $60.00
2TB = $120.00

As for your wish of $0.06 per GB, SURPRISE it's not more than $0.02 right now. Why would you want to pay 3x?

Math is important. Use it responsibly.
Shame on you for not even bothering to check his math.

Shame on you for taking the time to compose a detailed message and call out people when you arrogantly avoided one detail. There are 12 months per year. He was calculating everything x12....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gsmornot Avatar
49 months ago

Glad to read it wasn't just me, I thought it was linked to my payment method needing updating.

I wonder if they are actually changing the plans/rates.

If we're talking about my personal needs then yea, I would like to see a change in the plans. I need 54GB at the moment so I'm buying the 200GB plan. I would like to have a 100GB option for a dollar less. Ha.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willmtaylor Avatar
49 months ago

Glad to read it wasn't just me, I thought it was linked to my payment method needing updating.

I wonder if they are actually changing the plans/rates.

We've been discussing it since early this morning here:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marioguarneros Avatar
49 months ago

We've been discussing it since early this morning here:

Cheers, I really hope they don't discontinue the 50GB plan or at least offer something similarly priced. I don't feel like paying for the next tier up.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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