It's either our birthdays come early or a glitch that will lead to a lot of disappointment, but a ton of people over the last 24 hours are seeing their iCloud storage listed at a complementary 25GB, valid until 2050. What makes this sudden swelling especially curious is the timing -- it's happening just as the free 25GB accounts of previously paid MobileMe users were set to expire.
To see if you've gotten the big bump, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup and look at Total Storage. To see the expiry date, tape on Change Storage Plan and enter your iCloud password.
Now not everyone is seeing the incredible increase. Even among our own writers, a couple of them aren't. Whether or not it's just former MobileMe users, or some other pattern, and whether or not it sticks or disappears as strangely as it started is unknown.
So lets Scooby Gang this -- check your settings, let us know what your iCloud storage says, and whether or not you previously paid for MobileMe.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.