Apple One is tech giant Cupertino’s latest subscription service that brings together some of Apple’s greatest products into one package.
The service was announced by Apple at the 2020 event and includes iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, and Apple’s newest service, Apple Fitness Plus, which offers daily workouts and advanced fitness tracking.
Service starts at $ 14.95 / £ 14.95 / AU $ 19.95 for a custom plan. $ 19.95 / £ 19.95 / AU $ 25.95 for a family plan and $ 29.95 / £ 29.95 / AU $ 39.95 for the Premium plan, which includes the most iCloud storage.
Apple is also offering a 30-day free trial of the service that is open to new customers.
In a nutshell
- What is it? An all-in-one subscription service from Apple.
- When will it be released? Fall 2020 (October / November)
- How much will it cost? $ 14.95 / £ 14.95 / AU $ 19.95 for a custom plan
We first heard of Apple One in August when Bloomberg released a report speaking to “people with a knowledge of efforts.” According to the report, Apple One will be “a series of packages that will allow customers to subscribe to several of the company’s digital services at a lower monthly price.”
Apple One release date
Apple’s bundled subscription service was announced at the September Time Flies event and is slated to launch in October, although an exact release date was not announced at the event.
Even so, nothing is stopping Apple from going live every day – since it’s really just a software update.
The October release date was originally set by Bloomberg speaking to “those with knowledge of the effort.” Given the recently announced registration of iOS code and website domains for Apple One, a release date for the end of 2020 is quite likely.
Apple One Price
Apple One apparently was designed to save customers money and attract more users to sign up for Apple’s subscription services.
During the event, we learned that prices for a single plan start at $ 14.95 / £ 14.95 / AU $ 19.95. $ 19.95 / £ 19.95 / AU $ 25.95 for a family plan and $ 29.95 / £ 29.95 / AU $ 39.95 for the Premium plan, which includes the most iCloud storage.
That’s more than a Netflix subscription, of course, but the idea here is that you have a Netflix equivalent in the form of Apple TV Plus ($ 4.99 / month), as well as Apple Music ($ 9.99 / month) and Apple Arcade ($ 4.99 / mo.) And iCloud, which can cost up to $ 9.99 / mo. if you choose the 2TB storage plan.
If you choose individual or family plans, you won’t get Apple News Plus or Apple Fitness Plus bundled, and you’ll have less iCloud storage than users who choose the Apple One Premier service.
Here is the full breakdown from Apple:
- Individually Includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, and 50GB iCloud storage for $ 14.95 / £ 14.95 / AU $ 19.95 per month.
- family Includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, and 200GB iCloud storage for $ 19.95 / £ 19.95 / AU $ 25.95 per month and can be shared with up to six family members.
- premierWhen available, includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, Apple News +, Apple Fitness + and 2TB iCloud storage for $ 29.95 / £ 29.95 / AU $ 39.95 per month and can go from up to shared by six family members.
The Individual Plan offers savings of over US $ 6 / £ 6 / AU $ 9.50 per month, while the Family Plan offers savings of over US $ 8 / £ 8 / AU $ 12.50 per month and the Premier Plan offers savings of over US $ 6 offering $ 25 / £ 25 / AU $ 39 per month.
Apple Card owners receive an additional 3% cashback bonus when they pay for Apple One with this credit card.
So when you pay for all of these services individually, it’s a breeze.
Apple One services
Apple One bundles the technology giant’s existing subscription services in a series of tiered streaming packages. Services include Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, and a new subscription service that offers virtual fitness classes that can be accessed on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
Not familiar with Apple’s subscription services? Here is an overview of all the different platforms you can sign up for:
Apple Music is the tech giant’s answer to Spotify and has a large song library of around 50 million tracks in a wide range of genres.
You can access it on your smartphone, music streamer, television or computer as well as via the Apple HomePod with Siris Smart Control Smarts.
In addition to streaming music, the service offers podcasts and the Apple 1 radio station (formerly known as Beats 1), as well as stations for pop hits and country music.
Prices vary, with a cheaper student plan ($ 4.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 5.99) while individual accounts are $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 11.99. There is also a family subscription for up to six people that is $ 14.99 / £ 14.99 / AU $ 17.99.
The addition of Apple Music to the Apple One subscription service could give the streaming platform the much-needed boost in its battle for the best music streaming service in the world. However, with 72 million subscribers compared to Spotify’s 130 million, the company has a long way to go.
Apple TV Plus
The Apple TV streaming service is the latest addition to Apple services and offers a list of the original programming for a small monthly price ($ 4.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99). And while the starting line-up was pretty bare, the service has gradually expanded to include other shows and programs beyond the (extraordinary) The Morning Show, with which it debuted.
It’s not perfectly implemented as it merges with the Apple TV app and there is a lack of clarity on what is included and what to rent / buy from a licensed partner. However, when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, you get a free annual subscription. So it is worth using it after buying hardware.
Apple Arcade is a paid subscription service for iOS games. For $ 4.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99, you get access to over 100 indie titles that can be played on your iPhone, iPad, Macbook or Apple TV. This means that none of these titles are AAA blockbusters, which tend to be smaller and lower. Specification Matters That Can Be Performed On The Average Apple Handset. But there are some real gems here like Sayonara Wild Knights and a mix of exclusive titles (Card of Darkness) or ports of existing games (Enter The Gungeon). You can even plug in a PS4 DualShock or Xbox One controller for enhanced gameplay.
Apple News Plus
With Apple News Plus, you can access over 300 high quality digital magazines and premium newspapers in the Apple News app.
Premium digital subscriptions like the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and National Geographic are included with Apple News Plus. This means there is a fee of $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 14.99 per month.
What about an Apple Fitness Service?
Apple also announced a subscription service for interactive workouts, similar to Peloton’s.
Details are sparse at the moment, but from what we’ve seen so far, it’s a service that recorded workouts and synced them to your Apple Watch. It’s available on a number of devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, and appears to be geared toward home training.
Peloton has geared its services directly to Apple users (a special Apple Watch app was launched and launched just a few months ago Peloton Bike + can be paired with an Apple Watch at the touch of a button), exposing it to very tough competition – especially if it undercuts Peloton’s monthly fee.