It’s no secret that Apple has been placing more of a focus on services over the past few years. This started with Apple Music, which was iOS-only, before expanding availability to Windows, the Mac, and Android devices. Since then, Apple has been introducing new services for its users to take advantage of.
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In a world where the subscription model is king, it only makes sense for a company as big as Apple to get in on the action. The process of signing up for a service for a free trial, determining whether it’s for you or not, and then keeping the subscription going is a model we’ve been seeing from app makers and other services alike.
What is Apple One?
The problem with all of these different subscriptions and services is that it can be easy to lose track of everything. Whether it’s with the monthly billing, or just the sheer number of subscriptions, it can be expensive and overwhelming.
Apple is aiming to simplify the experience, for a select number of services that are offered. Apple One was introduced back in September, providing Apple customer access to all of the company’s subscription services. But the great thing here is that instead of multiple payments coming out every month, Apple One is just a single monthly payment.
What’s included in Apple One?
- Apple Music: Stream or download all the music you could possibly want from Apple’s popular music streaming service.
- TV+: Enjoy exclusive TV shows, movies, and documentaries made by some of the world’s best filmmakers.
- Arcade: Play over 100 games across iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV without a single advert or in-app purchase.
- iCloud: Upgrade to 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB of iCloud storage—depending on your Apple One plan—to save photos, files, and backups in the cloud.
- News+: Get unlimited access to leading newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and more.
- Fitness+: Use your Apple Watch to track your stats as you follow exclusive workouts from world-class trainers.
Apple One cost
In true Apple fashion, this subscription service is available through a few different plans:
- Individual – $14.95 per month – Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud Storage. (A savings of $5.81 per month, if purchased separately.)
- Family – $19.95 per month – Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud Storage, can be shared with up to six family members. (A savings of $7.51 per month, if purchased separately.)
- Premier – $29.95 – Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+ and 2TB of iCloud Storage, can be shared with up to six family members. (A savings of $24.99 per month, if purchased separately.)
Where is Fitness+?
If you’ve been scouring the web for information on Fitness+, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. During Apple’s recent earnings calls, the company confirmed that the service would be “coming later this year”. We were expecting a launch sometime in October, but that has since been pushed back, and now we are left without a final release date.
How to sign up for Apple One
If you’ve decided that it’s time to sign up for Apple One and haven’t received any prompts as of yet, here’s how you can sign up.
- Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap your profile image in the top right-hand corner.
- Select Subscriptions.
- Tap the banner image stating Get Apple One.
- Select which plan you wish to subscribe to.
- Tap Start Free Trial at the bottom.
Apple offers a 30-day free trial for any of the subscription plans, and you can easily cancel at any time. This is really a great value, especially for those with multiple family members who want to be able share various services.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.