Apple has begun sending out emails notifying iCloud members of imminent storage downgrades to their accounts. The emails have been sent to iCloud members who were previously paid MobileMe subscribers.
When Apple transitioned to iCloud from MobileMe the company gave a temporary extra 20 GB of space to MobileMe subscribers as an incentive to move to iCloud. The extra space was originally set to expire on June 30th of this year, but in May Apple extended the expiration date until the end of September.
As Apple reminds people in the email it sent out today, now the extra 20 GB allowance expires on September 30th, 2012. After that date, those iCloud customers will be downgraded to the normal 5 GB plan unless they choose to pay for an upgrade.
From the email:
Dear [user],Your iCloud storage will be reduced to 5 GB on 09/30/2012.However, you are currently using more than 5 GB.Unless you take action before your downgrade takes effect, backups to iCloud will stop, and apps will no longer be able to save documents to iCloud. You can either free up storage or cancel your downgrade to keep your current storage plan for another year.To free up storage in your account:Step 1:On your iOS device, go to Settings and tap iCloudStep 2:Tap Storage & BackupStep 3:Tap Manage Storage and choose items you'd like to delete or stop backing upFor more information on managing your iCloud storage, please read this article.To keep your current storage plan:Step 1:On your iOS device, go to Settings and tap iCloudStep 2:Tap AccountStep 3:Tap your current plan, then choose Downgrade Options and follow the promptsYou can also cancel your downgrade from a Mac or PC.