updated 10:36 am EDT, Mon September 24, 2012
20GB accounts may be shrunk without paid subscriptions
Apple is starting to notify some ex-MobileMe users of impending downgrades to their iCloud accounts. When Apple began pushing people to transition away from MobileMe, they were given temporary 20GB iCloud accounts as an incentive. The new email memos state that unless people pay for higher-end iCloud subscriptions, their accounts will be downgraded to the free 5GB tier on September 30th. Apple had originally set a June 30th deadline, but moved the date in May.
Included in the memos are instructions on how to manually delete files in an iCloud backup to free up space, or alternately, how to pay for storage. Keeping 20GB costs $40 a year, while upgrading to 50GB jumps the price to $100. People who only need slightly more than 5GB can opt to pay $20 for 10GB. All of the paid tiers, however, add on to a base 5GB.