After rumors of a new Apple subscription bundle were swirling for months, Apple finally announced its Apple One subscription in September of 2020. While it won’t be available to the general public until fall of 2020, it looks to be an attractive option for those heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem.
So what exactly is Apple One and is it worth the monthly subscription fee? Here’s everything you need to know!
What is Apple One?
Apple One is a new subscription bundle that brings all of Apple’s services into a single monthly payment. It doesn’t add anything to the services themselves, but it does offer considerable savings over individual subscriptions.
Like most Apple services, Apple One is available in individual and family plans. There’s also a premier plan that will launch in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, which includes Apple News Plus and the brand new Apple Fitness Plus service. The other two plans will be available in more than 100 countries around the globe.
What services does Apple One include?
Apple One individual and family subscriptions include Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and iCloud (50 and 200GB, respectively). Premier plans include all those services as well as Apple News Plus, Apple Fitness Plus, and iCloud storage up to 2TB.
Here’s a brief description of each service:
Apple Music: Apple’s music streaming service includes access to more than 70 million songs, curated playlists, and cloud access to purchased music from iTunes. It normally costs $9.99 a month for an individual plan and $14.99 a month for the family plan.
Apple TV Plus: Apple’s premium subscription streaming service is filled with exclusive TV shows and movies. It doesn’t exactly replace Netflix, but it’s one of the cheapest options for video streaming at just $4.99 a month. This is the only plan available, and it includes up to 6 family members, 4K streaming, and media downloads.
Apple Arcade: This mobile-first game subscription service includes more than 100 games to download and play offline on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac. It normally costs $4.99 a month, including up to 6 family members.
iCloud: Apple’s cloud storage service includes 5GB of storage for free, with several different upgrade plans. It normally costs $1 a month for 50GB, $3 a month for 200GB, or $10 a month for 2TB.
Apple News Plus: Apple’s premium news service unlocks access to hundreds of articles from magazines and newspapers. There are also curated lists of articles from Apple’s editors, covering the most important news of the day. It’s only available in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. It costs $9.99 a month.
Apple Fitness Plus: Apple’s fitness streaming service with guided workouts and fitness plans. It’s designed to work first and foremost with the Apple Watch. It will launch in fall 2020, costing $9.99 a month.
When will it be available?
Apple One is slated for launch in Fall 2020, but beyond that we don’t have an exact date. Apple Fitness Plus isn’t launching until late 2020, so the premier plan may be launching later than the other two.
How much is Apple One?
Apple One will have three different subscription plans, each with a single fixed cost per month. Here are the three plans and what each includes:
- Individual: $14.95/mo
- Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and iCloud (50GB) for one user.
- Family: $19.95/mo
- Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and iCloud (200GB) for up to 6 users.
- Premier: $29.95/mo
- Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, iCloud (2TB), Apple News Plus, and Apple Fitness Plus for up to 6 users.
Can I get Apple One for free?
Apple has said that new subscriptions to Apple One will include a 30-day free trial, but with a very important limitation. This trial is only available for services that you haven’t already used a free trial for and are not currently subscribed to. Basically this means that if you already redeemed two free months of Apple TV Plus, you won’t get another free 30 days with Apple One.
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Is Apple One worth it?
While Apple One undoubtedly offers savings over each individual subscription, whether or not it’s worth it is another matter. Even if you’ve already bought into the Apple ecosystem of devices and services, you may not need or want every service available.
Of what’s on offer, the most essential service is iCloud, which costs a whopping $1 a month for the 50GB on the individual plan. Bumping that up to $3 a month gets you 200GB, which is still a tiny fraction of the overall subscription fee.
Apple Music and Apple TV Plus are also great for entertainment buffs, but neither is truly essential. Apple Music can reasonably be replaced by ad-supported services like Spotify or YouTube Music, and if the ads are too much the paid plans cost the same as Apple Music. The video streaming service Apple TV Plus is growing, but it still lacks any truly must-watch series, with Netflix and Hulu offering much more complete catalogs.
Ultimately, the Apple One is only really worth it if you already subscribe or are interested in subscribing to every service offered. This represents a savings of about $6 a month, which is a bit more than a standalone subscription to Apple Arcade or Apple TV Plus.
The family plan will save you about $8 a month, but since the base subscriptions for Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus already include multiple family members, you’re really paying for more Apple Music users and a bit more iCloud storage.
You can save a whopping $25 on the most expensive premier plan, but since Apple Fitness Plus hasn’t launched yet it’s hard to say whether or not it’s worth it. We’ll update this article as soon as more details emerge.
Q: Does Apple One have an annual subscription plan?
A: Apple has not announced an annual subscription plan.
Q: Can I cancel an Apple One subscription?
A: Yes, you can cancel or change your subscription at any time.
Q: Can I share Apple One with my family?
A: All services can be shared on family and premier plans. On an individual plan, Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus include family sharing for up to 6 people.
Q: Can I get more iCloud storage than my plan allows?
A: Yes, you can upgrade iCloud storage separately from your Apple One plan.
Q: When is Apple Fitness Plus launching?
A: Apple Fitness Plus will launch in late 2020.
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