What you need to know
- Apple has announced iCloud+.
- The service brings additional privacy features to the paid tiers of iCloud.
The new service brings new premium features to the paid levels of iCloud including iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and expanded HomeKit Secure Video support. There will be no additional cost for those who are already paying for a higher tier of iCloud service.
The first feature, called Private Relay, is basically a VPN service built right into iCloud. Users who have it will have all of their internet traffic on Safari encrypted through two separate internet relays.
Apple is also bringing its Hide My Email feature, which was originally part of Sign In With Apple, directly into Safari. Users will now be able to provide a randomized email address to a website rather than their personal email address and get mail forwarded to them. If they don't wish to receive emails from a sender anymore, they can delete the randomized email address that was created.
The company is also expanding support for HomeKit Secure Video so that content that is captured by cameras is analyzed and encrypted before being securely stored in iCloud.
iCloud+ is including for no additional cost in the following iCloud plans:
- 50GB with one HomeKit Secure Video camera ($0.99 per month)
- 200GB with up to five HomeKit Secure Video cameras ($2.99 per month)
- 2TB with an unlimited number of HomeKit Secure Video cameras ($9.99 per month)
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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