In September 2020, while the Time Flies event, Apple announced the Apple One. It’s a services bundle where an Apple user can combine all Apple services at a reduced price. Moreover, the chosen Apple services will be divided into three bundles tiers. And, you have to pay a single monthly payment for all these Apple services.
Apple One: Everything You Should Know about it
However, it is a great approach to remove the irritation of repeating the same task to pay for different Apple services. Still, we aren’t enough sure about the stability of this new Apple product. Also, your mind might be started questioning queries to yourself. For example, when Apple One will be available to you? What is the pricing structure of it? And, how much money we can save with this new Apple product? So I compiled this list with all the features, bundled services, and pricing of the Apple One. Also, I will try to answer all questions one by one through this post.
So let’s get started.
What is Apple One?
Apple One is a subscription program similar to Amazon’s Prime. It is a combined bundle of Apple’s existing services. And in that subscription program, you’ll pay only one monthly amount to get all these Apple services. Meanwhile, you can also get access to a specific Apple service without the Apple One subscription. You just have to pay for that particular Apple service to get access to it.
Further, Apple One is a great choice for people who want all the Apple services in one place. Apple One is available in three tiers- Individual, Family, and Premier. The services will include being Apple Music, TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, Apple News, and Apple Fitness+. Alongside this, you’ll also get access to iCloud storage.
Apple One comes with three different tiers for a particular targeted audience. They all are named as Individual, Family, Premier. Later, in the pricing section, we’ll talk about all the details of these tiers.
When Apple One will be available?
In the September event, Apple executives didn’t give an exact release date of Apple One. But according to some major publications’ reports, Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) mentioned few words for the services bundle. According to Tim Cook’s statement, Apple One will be launched on the Friday of Oct. 30.
And well he was saying the truth.
Moreover, you can also check a tweet by Mark Gurman. Mark Gurman has been uncovering the Apple and tech news for decades. And according to him, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told @emilychangtv on October 30 that Apple One is launching tomorrow. On the other, he also told us that hand Fitness+ is launching this quarter.
Further, UK, US, Canada, and Australia are the first ones to get the Premier version of it. Meanwhile, Individual and Family plans are now available in over 100 countries and regions alongside the UK and US.
How does Apple One work?
Like we already know Apple One works as a bundle subscription such as Amazon Prime. So users can subscribe to an entire package loaded with particular Apple services. Also, users are allowed to access these services on any supported device.
Moreover, you have to pay a monthly subscription price according to the services or tiers you choose. The only difference will be a reduced price in between buying a separate Apple app and buying apps bundled with Apple One.
Apple also mentioned that you can get a 30-days free trial for the services you want to add. Plus, you can change your subscription tier whenever you want. And if you want to cancel your subscription, you can do it anytime.
Alongside the Apple devices, you can access some of the Apple services on non-Apple devices too. For example, you can run Apple Music on Android and Apple TV+ subscriptions on smart TVs.
However, there are not enough details about the Apple One on the internet. Yet you can try these settings to sign up for it as a new user. But make sure that your Apple device has an updated iOS version. For an iPhone it’s iOS 14, for an iPad it’s iPadOS 14, and for a Mac, it should be the macOS Big Sur.
To update your Apple device or check the software version, you can visit Settings > General > Software Update. If you’ll see a software update, please update it gradually. If it’s already updated skip this step to follow the next.
After the update process, you can follow the below settings in Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Let’s follow it together:-
Open Settings on your Apple device.
Find your name at the top of the Settings.
Choose the subscription menu.
Tap on the menu Gets Apple One.
Now, select the Apple One tier you like.
There you can select the Start Free trial option.
Note:- You’ll get a pro-rated refund if you already got an Apple subscription for a particular service. The refund you’ll receive will depend on the remaining day counts.
Also, Apple found a solution for users who’re using multiple Apple’s ids to buy subscriptions or to use iCloud storage. Chris Espinosa from Apple mentioned in a tweet that Apple has a managing system to handle dual Apple id’s through a single Apple One bundle. For more details, you can visit the official page of the Apple support document.
Pricing Tiers & Savings
Apple One comes with 3 pricing tiers as I mentioned before. Now, you’ll know how much each plan costs you? And, how many bucks you’ll save if you choose Apple One. So let’s talk about all the plans one by one.
Like its name, it’s the best plan for individuals. People who don’t need bigger storage and use general Apple services. In this plan, you’ll get 4 Apple services:- Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and the 50GB of iCloud storage.
Here’re the pricing details of all 4 Apple services:-
Apple Music: $9.99
Apple TV+: $4.99
Apple Arcade: $4.99
iCloud storage, 50GB: $0.99
Total cost: $20.96
As you can see that these 4 Apple services have a total cost of around $21. And in Apple One, these 4 services combined costs you $15 (£15, AU$20) for a month. As a result, you save $6 if you’ll choose the Apple One. Also, Apple One gives you a free trial of 30-days with it.
Check out the plan details on Apple One’s official page by clicking here.
If you want to share your Apple services with your friends and family, you can choose this plan. This plan allows you to add up to six members to your subscription id. Moreover, you’ll get Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Plus, you’ll also get iCloud storage of 200GB in this pricing tier.
Here is a screenshot of all three pricing tiers:
Now, we’ll talk about these three pricing tiers one by one.
Here’re the pricing details of the Apple services you’ll get in the Family tier:-
Apple Music Family: $14.99
Apple TV+: $4.99
Apple Arcade: $4.99
iCloud storage, 200GB: $2.99 a month
The total cost of individual services: $27.96
In the Family tier, you’ll get all these 4 Apple services for $20 (£20, AU$26) for a month. On the other hand, you’ll get all these services separately with a total cost of around $28. As a result, you save $8 if you’ll choose the Apple One. Also, Apple One gives you a 30-days free trial with the Family tier.
This plan is the superior one of all these three pricing tiers. You’ll get all the Apple services you got in the previous Apple One’s tiers. Also, you can access the newly introduced Apple Fitness+ service. Moreover, you’ll get Apple News+ magazine and newspaper service in this plan. And the iCloud storage of this plan will be raised to 2TB/month. Moreover, you can share these Apple services with up to 6 people.
However, you’ll see a few drawbacks in the Premier tier which might affect you. For example, at the time of launching Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus won’t available in every country. You’ll see these two apps only if you’re living in the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Here are the services you’ll get with the Premier pricing tier:-
Apple Music Family: $14.99
Apple TV+: $4.99
Apple Arcade: $4.99
iCloud storage, 2TB: $9.99 a month
Apple News+: $9.99
Apple Fitness+: $9.99
Total cost: $54.94
As you can see these Apple services have a total cost of $54.94 for a month. And, in Apple One, all these services cost you only $30 (£30, AU$40) for a month. As a result, you save $25/month if you’ll choose the Apple One alongside a 30-days free trial.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Which operating system do I need for Apple One?
Apple One works fine with all Apple devices. This list also includes iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. However, all the devices should have at least the 14th version of its OS. For example iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and macOS Big Sur. You can also run Apple One on Apple devices with a later version of 14. Also, according to the Apple One’s official page, you can run it on an earlier version of macOS Big Sur. You just have to subscribe to it from the other Apple device.
As a Subscriber, How I can access the Apple One services?
After buying the subscription, you can access Apple One services from all the available platforms. This includes web, smart TVs with a selected range, Android as well as some third party streaming devices.
Can I share Apple One services with my family?
You can share Apple One services with your family members if you have an Apple One Family plan or a Premier plan. Moreover, Apple also mentioned that you can share Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade services using the Family Sharing feature. Even if you have an individual plan. For more details about Family sharing, you can visit here.
I need more iCloud storage, What should I do?
You’ll get a certain amount of iCloud storage with each plan such as 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB. It depends on what plan you have chosen. Although, you can upgrade your iCloud storage separately by paying an extra amount according to your country. To know how to upgrade iCloud storage in the iPhone, iPad, and iMac, you can click here.
Conclusion: Would you save money with an Apple One subscription?
After the launch of Apple One, Apple users and geeks just bombarded the internet with this same question. Honestly, it’s a vague question to answer and depends on multiple factors. For example, how many services you’re already using now? Or how many or what kind of services you will subscribe to? Now, if you’ll only use one to two Apple services then Apple One would be expensive for you.
On the other hand, if you’re using all Apple services then you can save money every month by subscribing to Apple One. Also, if you’re using three services then you can also buy Apple One. You can get an additional application by investing a few bucks into Apple One. Plus, most of the Apple services are the services that everyone uses these days. For example, iCloud storage to store your Photos, Videos, or other documents. And here’s the pricing details of iCloud from 50GB to 2TB.
Further, Apple mentioned that if you can save up to $300 a year if you’ll use Apple One to access Apple services. You can do a simple math calculation by noticing the Pricing and Saving section of this article. And yes, you’ll save $300/ year by using Apple One.
So that’s the article about Apple One and its details you should know about. Let’s know in the comments about your experience with Apple One. And don’t forget to share this article with the person who’s still confused about Apple One and its pricing tiers.
Jaskaran is a tech enthusiast with a special interest in everything Apple! He manages and writes on igeekfunnel.com where sharing anything and everything related to Apple devices and services is his daily thing to do