APPLE announced Tuesday that it is bundling payments for iCloud, Apple Music, and its other services into one simple plan.
When making the switch, users will pay a single monthly fee for the US company’s various apps instead of paying for each one individually.
The service is called Apple One and it will launch later this year, Apple announced during a virtual event at its Cupertino, California headquarters.
The package costs £ 14.95 / $ 14.95 per month for an individual plan or £ 19.95 / $ 19.95 per month for a family plan and includes television, music and games.
Apple is also offering a premium package for £ 29.95 / $ 29.95 per month that includes news, more iCloud storage and a new fitness service.
The plans are designed to make paying for Apple services cheaper and easier than buying each one.
“Apple One makes enjoying Apple subscription services easier than ever,” said Apple’s Eddy Cue.
“With Apple One, you can have the best of Apple entertainment on all of your favorite devices with a simple subscription.”
In addition to being more convenient for customers, the California-based company hopes the packages will encourage users to subscribe to more Apple services.
The individual package from Apple One combines the Spotify rival Apple Music and the Netflix app Apple TV +.
This also includes Apple Arcade, the company’s video game subscription service, and 50GB of iCloud storage.
The family level offers the same apps, but with 200 GB of storage.
Premium combines the same apps with Apple News +, which allows you to access magazines and paywall content from some news sites.
The tier also gives you a whopping 2 TB (that’s 2,000 GB) of iCloud storage and Fitness +, a new Apple service also announced on Tuesday that offers you personalized workout videos.
According to Apple, the custom plan will save you more than £ 6 / $ 6 per month based on the app’s standard pricing, while the family plan will save you £ 8 / $ 8 per month.
The Premier plan provides savings of over £ 25 / $ 25 per month.
Rumor has it that Apple One will hit the market in early October when the tech titan is expected to launch its latest line of iPhones.
Subscriptions tying is a tactic advocated by rivals like Amazon with their Prime subscription service.
With a Prime subscription for £ 79 per year, customers get free one-day delivery for shopping items, access to Amazon Prime Video and more.
The move to a bundled subscription model can help Apple catch up with competing services from Netflix and Spotify.
Apple has put a ton of money into Apple Music and Apple TV +, but has not seen anywhere near the acceptance of its biggest competitors.
Apple One was featured on 15 during an online-only event streamed from Apple Park.
Tim Cook – relentless Apple CEO who brings employees to tears
He is a ruthless businessman who rose from humble beginnings to become CEO of the World’s Most Valuable Company.
And now, Apple’s 59-year-old Tim Cook is worth $ 1 billion less than a decade after being taken over by Cutthroat founder Steve Jobs.
Cook grew up in the small town of Robertsdale, Alabama.
His father Donald was a shipyard worker while mother Geraldine was a housewife.
Cook graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering.
As a student, he developed a system for improving traffic lights near the college that was so successful that it was adopted by local police.
That promising early start was followed by astounding success with Cook working at several tech giants before joining Apple in 1998.
The Alabaman reportedly received a personal invitation from Jobs to join the company.
After Jobs tragically passed away in 2011, Cook was given the reign and made the company stronger and stronger.
Like Jobs, he is said to rule with an iron fist, according to the Wall Street Journal, and sometimes leave employees “in tears” after meetings.
Employees refer to Cook’s Friday meeting with operations and finance employees as “meeting time with Tim” as they often last late into the night.
Cook oversaw the launch of several key Apple products, including the Apple Watch and Apple TV +, during his nine years with the company.
Every year Apple hosts a major fall event to showcase new technology – including an iPhone.
However, this year’s global health crisis has thrown a tensioner at work.
Some gadgets were revealed with less fanfare than usual at the Apple September event – while a major iPhone reveal is expected in the coming weeks.
The iPhone 12 is said to be Apple’s first 5G phone and has a new camera technology that can be used to process futuristic augmented reality apps.
In addition to Apple One, Apple showed two new smartwatches and an updated iPad on Tuesday.
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And 3D designers have thought about what the iPhone 12 might look like.
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