What is Apple One and how to subscribe? Plans, pricing, and features explained
At Apple's Time Flies event back in September, Apple unveiled its long-awaited services bundle, Apple One, which is now available. ZDNet's Beth Mauder breaks down the three different Apple One plans, including how to sign up.
Apple's long-awaited services bundle, which brings together Apple's premium subscriptions like Apple TV Plus and Apple Music at discount, is here. The company first unveiled three different Apple One plans at a Time Flies event in September 2020. ZDNet is now breaking down what each plan includes and how much they cost, plus how you can sign up.
Apple One comes with a 30-day free trial for any services that customers haven't already subscribed to in the past. All the plans are billed monthly but can be canceled at any time.
Apple One Individual plan
The Individual plan is the cheapest of the three Apple One tiers. For $14.95 a month in the US, users get access to Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud Storage. Apple says the Individual plan works out to a monthly savings of over $6 per month.
Apple One Family plan
Apple's middle-tier plan, the Family plan, includes access to Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 per month in the US. This tier can be shared with up to six family members. You will save over $8 per month with this plan.
Apple One Premier plan
Apple's largest bundle package, the Premier plan, costs $29.95 a month in the US. You'll have access to Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, Apple Fitness Plus, and 2TB (terabytes) of iCloud storage. This plan can also be shared with up to six family members, and although it costs the most, it does save you the most money, with a monthly discount of over $25 per month.
How to subscribe to Apple One
You can subscribe to Apple One and choose the plan that best suits you and your family directly from your iPhone. Go to settings > your name > and click Get Apple One. From there, you can select your preferred plan and can start your free trial.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone
Select your name.
Select Get Apple One.
Select an Apple One tier.
Select Start Free trial.
Again, all first-time Apple One subscribers get 30 days free to start.
Apple One's subscription services explained
To help you choose which Apple One plan will be the most beneficial for you and your family, here's a quick rundown of what each Apple subscription service includes:
Apple Music is a music streaming service offering over 70 million songs, as well as thousands of playlists, daily selections from the world's best music experts, and Apple Music radio. Without Apple One, Apple Music costs $9.99 per month in the US.
Apple TV Plus is a video streaming service that's home to Apple Originals in the Apple TV app. It has earned over 100 awards recognitions, including 18 Emmy nominations, for its original TV shows and films. Without Apple One, Apple TV Plus costs $4.99 per month in the US.
Apple Arcade is a subscription service that gives gamers unlimited access to more than 100 titles across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV -- with no ads or in-app purchases. Without Apple One, Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month in the US.
Apple News Plus is a news subscription service that provides premium access to the leading newspapers and hundreds of magazines in a digital format through the News app. Without Apple News Plus, Apple News costs $9.99 per month in the US.
Apple Fitness Plus is Apple's newly announced fitness service for Apple Watch users, launching Dec. 14, 2020. Fitness Plus intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to see right from their wrist, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized workout experience. There are workouts for everyone, from beginners to committed exercisers, all delivered by inspiring world-class trainers. Without Apple One, Fitness Plus will cost $9.99 per month in the US.
iCloud is Apple's cloud-based storage service that stores customers' photos, videos, files, and more. Files and documents can sync and are available across all your Apple devices. Without Apple One, you get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. Otherwise, iCloud plans start at 50GB for 99 cents per month in the US.
When will Apple One be available in your country?
Starting Oct. 30, 2020, Apple One's Individual and Family plans arre available in over 100 countries and regions, including in the US. The Premier plan also launched, but only in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia - or where Apple News Plus is available.
Interested in subscribing to Apple One bundles?
Let us know in the comments which plan you want to try. As always, for all things tech, be sure to stick with ZDNet.