But this week it emerged that iPhone users have in fact been enjoying free unlimited original resolution storage. A Redditor originally posted the information that has since been reported across tech publications.
It seems Google has taken note though and has confirmed it is a bug to Android Police, saying "We are aware of this bug and are working to fix it.". So, bye bye to that lovely little loophole. Thanks a bunch, Internet.
You dum-dums had to go show off, didn’t you? Look what you’ve done!— Vinoth Ragunathan ?? (@helvetiica) October 20, 2019
This was under the radar for 2 years, but noooooo y’all had to go and toot your horn. https://t.co/F4ryQujBbC
The loophole was, according to the Reddit post, down to the fact the iPhone shoots in HEIC format which is even smaller than JPEG. It would make sense for Google to offer free original resolution storage if that were the case, but it seems that is not the reason because Google is going to change it.
It’s possible that Google PR decided to say it was a bug to appease the frustrations of new Pixel 4 owners who won’t get unlimited high-res storage – we won’t ever know. But we do know that the move is to try and get people to pay Google for cloud storage.