Apple’s iCloud Plus bundles a VPN, private email, and HomeKit camera storage

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Apple bolsters iCloud with a new set of features called iCloud Plus. The cloud storage service now comes with access to a VPN, burner email addresses, and unlimited storage for HomeKit-enabled home security cameras.

The VPN, called Private Relay, routes your internet traffic through two relays to mask who is browsing and where that data is coming from. The burner email feature called Hide My Email allows you to create one-time use email addresses that will be forwarded to your actual account; that way you can send a junk email to a service you don’t trust in case it starts spamming you. Apple already offers a similar feature through Sign In With Apple.

Apple will also add unlimited storage for video from HomeKit-enabled home security cameras. You currently have to pay for at least 200 GB of iCloud storage to record video from one camera, and you have to pay for a higher tier to support more streams.

The features should all be included in existing iCloud plans at no extra cost. However, Apple didn’t say whether the feature would be available through its cheapest plans, which don’t currently support HomeKit video storage.

Apple’s Digital Legacy feature for iCloud.
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Apple is also introducing new features to help manage your iCloud account. There is a new recovery feature that lets Apple send security codes to your friends or family if your own device is lost. There is also a “Digital Legacy” program that allows you to choose who can access your files after you die.

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t announced the iCloud update we’ve all been hoping for: a free storage tier that starts above a paltry 5GB. Maybe next year.