(Pocket-lint) - People always talk about Google and other companies copying Apple. But what about Apple copying them?
The Cupertino-based company has announced a Google One-like bundle called Apple One. While Google's monthly subscription plan includes cloud storage, backups, and promotions, Apple One bundles Apple's premium subscription services, like Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade, at a discount. Here's what you need to know.
What is Apple One?
- Subscription bundle to Apple services
- Three tiers available
- Includes access to iCloud storage
Apple unveiled the Apple One subscription service bundle during a Time Flies event on 15 September 2020. The new offering has three pricing tiers: Individual, Family, and Premier.
The Individual and Family plans give subscribers access to Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. The difference between those two tiers is in the amount of iCloud storage - with the individual plan coming in at 50GB and the Family plan having 200GB. The Premier plan offers 2TB of storage and access to Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+.
For more about these subscription services, see our guides below:
- Apple Music: Everything you need to know
- Apple TV+: Everything you need to know
- Apple Arcade: Everything you need to know
- Apple News+: Everything you need to know
- Apple iCloud: Everything you need to know
How much does Apple One cost?
- Individual plan: $14.95/£14.95
- Family plan: $19.95/£19.95
- Premier plan: $29.95/£29.95
Apple One will definitely save you money on your suite of Apple Subscription services, but just how much it saves you depends on the plan. At $14.95 per month, the Individual plan will save subscribers about $6 over individually subscribing to all the services. The Family plan, which costs $19.95 per month, saves subscribers $8 in the end. The real value option though is in the premier plan, which costs more at $29.95 a month but works out to more than $25 of savings.
For an extra bit of savings, customers who pay with an Apple Card will get an extra 3 per cent cash back.
How does Apple One work?
- Charged monthly
- Cancel any time
- 30-day free trial
Apple One works similarly to other bundle subscriptions like Amazon Prime and Google One. Users will be charged once a month for the entire package they're subscribed to and can access the apps/services on any device that supports them. You'll be able to change your subscription whenever you want if you ever decide to upgrade or downgrade to another tier. Apple has also said that users will still be able to get a 30-day free trial for services that they haven't tried yet, as well.
Little else is known at this time, including how you'll sign up for it and get started. We will bring you those details as soon as we have them.
One other thing to consider when deciding on which plan to use: the Family and Premier plans allow users to add up to six other people to their subscription. The Individual plan doesn't allow any, although you could just share a single username.
When will Apple One be available?
- Coming sometime this autumn
- Limited launch
- US and UK among first to get it
Apple has not given a specific date for when you'll be able to get Apple One other than that it will be available this autumn. It also said the Premier subscription will only be available in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada at launch.
Apple One: What's happened so far?
Here's all the news so far surrounding Apple One:
15 September 2020: Apple One announced
Apple has announced its much-rumoured all-in-one plan that includes multiple streaming and cloud services.
10 September 2020: Is the Apple One bundle launching soon? New leak suggests yes
A beta version of Apple Music for Android has code mentioning a bundle Apple is preparing, according to 9to5Google. The name Apple One, specifically, was spotted, as was "subscription bundle” and text about how to manage an Apple One subscription from an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.
13 August 2020: Apple One looks to be Apple's single-subscription bundle
Apple looks to be readying a bundle of services, potentially called Apple One and launching in October alongside the next-gen iPhone 12. The move has been long-rumoured and appears to be modelled on the highly successful Amazon Prime although it's no great leap to see that.