If you own an iPhone and are also paying for an Amazon Prime membership, you might be tempted to reconsider paying the extra bill.
Apple will be holding its annual September conference in the coming days, and one of the big surprises is that it’s related to Amazon.
Tech bloggers discovered an interesting detail in an upcoming iOS update. That could mean an Amazon Prime-style membership is in the pipeline, reports The Express.
The Apple-centric blog 9To5Mac discovered a number of references to a new monthly subscription service called “Apple One” in the latest beta for iOS 14, which will be available later this month for all iPhones currently running iOS 1
The reference was found in the Manage Subscriptions menu in the Settings app. Last week, sister blog 9To5Google, which focuses (surprise, surprise) on rival tech company Google, discovered that references to “Apple One” were recently introduced in the Apple Music app for Android.
So it definitely sounds like Apple is launching its new subscription. The new code mentions features like “Cancel Apple One”, “Keep Apple One” and a statement that says “You can unsubscribe from Apple One and only keep what you want”.
This suggests that iPhone owners can suspend their subscription for the entire bundle – but still pay the monthly subscription for services they still want to use.
In addition to the bundling of existing monthly subscriptions available from Apple – such as the on-demand video service Apple TV + and the music streaming and Internet radio service Apple Music – as well as new monthly options, including the fitness service, which such as Peloton Video- Offers tutorials on workouts and fitness activities to follow at home.
According to Bloomberg, who has a near-unmatched track record of upcoming hardware and software rumors, Apple will unveil its new Apple One bundle during its annual iPhone showcase, traditionally held in September, where the company introduces the latest iPhone unwinds model.
Apple has already confirmed that its latest iPhone model will arrive later than expected due to coronavirus-related delays. However, it is unclear whether the Cupertino-based company will make Apple One available this month or whether everything will be postponed until October and beyond.
Amazon has had great success with its Prime membership, which costs £ 79 a year or £ 7.99 a month.
For that subscription fee, Amazon will be providing unlimited next day delivery on thousands of items (and same day delivery in some regions of the UK), thousands of movies and box sets courtesy of Prime Video, and unlimited photo storage in the cloud never lose a vacation snapshot again – even if your phone sinks to the bottom of the ocean, free ebooks on Kindle via Kindle Unlimited, and free shipping on orders over £ 40 at his supermarket that rivals Amazon Fresh service (a new one Benefit for subscribers).
In contrast to Amazon’s one-price-fits-all approach, Apple will offer tiered subscriptions, according to Bloomberg.
An entry-level Apple One package is said to be Apple Music (currently £ 9.99 per month or £ 14.99 for an iCloud family of up to six members) and Apple TV + (free for a year with Apple device purchases, then £ 14.99 ) combine 4.99 per month).
A more expensive subscription tier includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade (£ 4.99 per month), Apple News + (£ 9.99 per month), and iCloud storage (5GB is free, 50GB is £ 0.79 per month and 200GB of storage are £ 2.49 per month).
If you were to subscribe to all of these Apple services individually it would cost £ 32.45 per month, or nearly £ 390 per year.
A more expensive subscription tier includes Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade (£ 4.99 per month), Apple News + (£ 9.99 per month), and iCloud storage (5GB is free, 50GB is £ 0.79 per month and 200GB of storage are £ 2.49 per month). If you were to subscribe to all of these Apple services individually it would cost £ 32.45 per month, or nearly £ 390 per year.
As iPhone and iPad sales slow, the company is increasingly banking on increasing sales of accessories – like the best-selling AirPods, AirPods Pro, and Apple Watch – to existing smartphone customers, as well as monthly subscriptions like Apple Music, Apple TV +, and iCloud – Storage for backup.
Last year, Apple launched its Apple TV + video streaming service by bundling a free one-year trial with the purchase of new Apple hardware. According to sources speaking to Bloomberg, it is possible that there will be a similar association later this year with upcoming iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro membership, as well as Apple One.