It was just a little over a month ago when Apple issued a final notice about the demise of its previous online storage service called MobileMe. Well, today they made good on that promise and terminated the service for good.
In the past, Apple offered MobileMe customers their cloud based back up system for $99 a year. In 2011, when the new service called iCloud was introduced, Apple decided to no longer charge for the service. As an added bonus, they offered current MobileMe customers 20 gigabytes of free iCloud storage for the next two years.
Initially, the free storage increase was set to end in September of 2012, but Apple pushed it back for another entire year.
Flash forward to today and ex MobileMe members will see their 20 gigabytes of storage downgraded to 5 gigabytes, but at no cost. Keep in mind that users were made aware of this impending changes over the last two years periodically and that they no longer have to pay a premium to Apple for services most companies offer for free.
For those users who find that 5 gigabytes of storage are not quite enough, Apple does offer storage upgrade plans for current iCloud users. They offer an extra 10 gigabytes of storage for $20 a year, 20 gigabytes for $40 a year and 50 gigabytes for $100 a year.
One of the downsides to this decrease in storage is the fact that many users will indeed have more than 5 gigabytes of data and not move their data out of the original 20 gigabytes in time. For these individuals, Apple says that they will unfortunately see their iCloud Backups, Documenets in the Cloud and iCloud Mail temporarily on hold until they fall below the 5 gigabyte limit.