Students now get to start with 200GB of free iCloud storage while the general public still gets 5GB.
As part of their new suite of apps and experiences targeted to the educational sector, Apple announced that they are increasing the standard 5GB free iCloud storage to 200GB for students.
“iCloud safely stores students’ documents and creative projects, keeping them up to date, secure and accessible from any device,” Apple said in a statement. “And starting today, any teacher or student with a Managed Apple ID has access to 200GB of free iCloud storage.”
This is to enable students to fully maximise the use of their iPads while being able to store their assignments, resources and other documents in the cloud.
The higher-capacity storage is also meant to be used with Classroom and the Schoolwork app. This will allow teachers to handout assignments and materials to students including notes, PDF documents, and web links. Teachers can also monitor the progress and completed assignments can be submitted through the app.
The Schoolwork app is set to be released in June of this year. Classroom, their device management app, has already been around for two years. However, Apple will be announcing a newer version that supports Mac in June.
For the general consumers, free iCloud storage is still at 5GB. Those who want to have 200GB will have to shell out $2.99 per month. We’re hoping however that Apple will eventually change their mind and give 200GB to everybody. Perhaps in the coming WWDC in June?
We will just have to wait and see!