(Pocket-lint) - Apple has put a lot of effort and money into its various subscription services over the last year. Now, it bundles them all together to offer better value. Here's everything you need to know about its Apple One bundle.
What is Apple One?
- Subscription bundle to Apple services
- Three tiers available
- Includes access to iCloud storage
Apple’s services bundle for Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Fitness+ launched in October 2020. So, you can now subscribe to any of these services through one of Apple One's tiers: Individual, Family, and Premier.
Here's what you get with each Apple One subscription tier:
- Individual: Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage.
- Family: Up to six members of your family get Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage.
- Premier: Includes all the other benefits, but ups the iCloud storage to 2TB per month and adds subscriptions to the News+ magazine and newspaper service and the newly announced Fitness+ service. (Note: Fitness+ won't arrive until 14 December.)
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
- Apple Fitness+: 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 $29.95 a month but works out to more than $25 of savings.
For extra 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.
How to sign up for Apple One
To subscribe to Apple One, head to "Settings" on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap on your name at the top, and then "Subscriptions". You should then see a box labelled "Get Apple One" above any existing subscriptions you may have. Tap on that and it will bring up the different plans. Simple.
- Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
- Go to your name at the top of Settings.
- Select the Subscriptions menu.
- Select Get Apple One.
- Choose the Apple One tier you want.
- Select Start Free trial.
If you already have an Apple subscription, like to Apple TV+, you’ll receive a pro-rated refund for any days remaining on your existing subscription(s).
Is Apple One available now?
- Limited launch
- US and UK among first to get it
Apple One's Individual and Family plans are now available in over 100 countries and regions, including in the US and UK. The Premier plan also launched, but only in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia - or where News+ is available.