Apple’s Huge 12TB iCloud+ Storage Plan Really is Worth a Look

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Regardless of what products you use for your photo/video workflows, you can probably appreciate the importance of data protection.

For this reason, Apple, a company known for the robustness of its products (even if it veers far off into fan cult territory for its branding) has something that’s worth taking a serious look at even if you use no Apple products.

The company recently unveiled a couple of nicely-priced iCloud+ storage tiers for customers who want to keep their precious photos, videos and other data secure from loss or device theft.

The specific offerings, as discovered by Engadget, are 6TB and 12TB cloud storage packages with iCloud for respective monthly price tags of $29.99 and $59.99.

This might seem a bit steep for some of you out there, but for the sheer volume of storage it offers, it’s very reasonable.

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For example, many online cloud storage platforms out there offer packages with costs in the range of $15-20 for just a couple of Terabytes.

Having Apple’s massive 6 and 12TB plans available at these prices means setting and forgetting your storage safe in the knowledge that space isn’t likely to run out (unless you’re working on some pretty major video editing projects).

For photographers and data hoarders in particular, either of these tiers from iCloud is definitely worth a look for their prices and scope, but also for their quality.

Despite being a brand that annoys some users and doesn’t always keep its data privacy policies respectful, Apple does know robust technology.

For this reason above all, you can at least be nearly certain about the security of your image, data or video archives within iCloud.

If you’re an iPhone user and especially if you’re going for one of the brand’s recently-introduced iPhone 15 models, the images they all shoot are huge 48MP RAW/jpeg monsters.

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max

This translates to Apple ProRAW images with a size of 75MB each that will definitely eat up space over the months and years. Especially because of this, extra iCloud storage is worth pondering.

However, if you’re just a photo or video pro who doesn’t even use or care about Apple technology, the 6 and 12TB deals are still completely worth going for if you work with lots of high-resolution files.

Though it’s not widely recognized, Apple does let clients who don’t use any of its devices set up iCloud accounts, though they can only access these through their browsers via

Both of these two plans also give users (with Apple devices) access to premium services like Private Relay, Hide My Email, Custom Email Domains and HomeKit Secure Video Support.

All of Apple’s iCloud tiers also natively, and smoothly integrate with any of the brand’s operating devices and operating systems, such as macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.

If you do manage your photo or video workflows through an Apple device, then the new iCloud tiers are particularly useful, since they let you move videos and photos between devices very easily through a single software channel.

With an iPhone, you can even instantly, automatically have your photos stored away in your iCloud account as you create them, letting you delete photos from the device itself loss-free.

Worried about keeping Apple itself from prying into your iCloud data? It’s probably not a problem. The company itself does offer end-to-end encryption that’s supposed to keep even them from seeing your files.

You can of course also encrypt your files yourself with third-party software before uploading them from a device

Apple will be activating its 6TB and 12TB iCloud storage options as of next week for respective monthly price tags of $29.99 and $59.99. These plans will be joining the company’s existing 50GB, 200GB and 2TB offers.

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Stephan Jukic is a technology and photography journalist and experimental photographer who spends his time living in both Canada and Mexico. He loves cross-cultural street photo exploration and creating fine art photo compositions.

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