All the services you crave in one convenient package.
As we predicted last week, Apple’s event yesterday revealed plenty of new electronics, and a lot of not the iPhone 12. Hey, you can’t be disappointed if you already knew it was coming. What folks weren’t expecting, however, was the reveal of a new service from Apple. Or, rather, a big ol’ box of existing services for a bundle price.
At their keynote event, Apple announced Apple One, a bundle subscription service that, in its maximized form, would give a user access to Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, Apple Fitness Plus, and iCloud Storage. That’s a lot of apples. Apple One will be available in three different iterations that offer access to greater or lesser services for different price tags. Here’s how it shakes out:
- The Individual plan costs $14.95 a month, and offers Music, TV, Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage.
- The Family plan costs $19.95 a month, and offers the same access as the individual plan, but with an increased 200GB of iCloud storage.
- The Premier plan costs $29.95 a month, gives access to the same apps as the other plans, as well as Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus, plus a whopping 2TB of iCloud storage.
According to Apple’s estimates, subscribing to the Individual plan would save you $6 a month, the Family plan $8 a month, and the Premier plan $25 a month. Subscribers to the Family and Premier plans can also add up to six family members to share their account. If you already have some services covered by a plan and not others, you can get a 30-day free trial of Apple One that’ll give you access to the apps you’re missing.
Apple’s going full-throttle on creating their own digital ecosystem. If subscribers get on the bandwagon, the convenience could prove to be a genuine threat to services like Spotify. I guess we’ll find out when Apple One subscriptions become available sometime this fall.