Apple has invested a lot in increasing its services in recent years. As announced during September’s Online Apple event, the company has started releasing their Apple One subscription. Users can now pick from a range of mix and match bundles carefully selected by Apple with their customer demographics in mind. 

Access to services such as; Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness Plus, Apple News Plus, Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and iCloud storage has been packaged into new combo-service subscriptions.  

Although it’s relatively new there is already a lot of buzz about it. Following Alison DeNisco Rayome’s article over at cnet we have gathered all the info we can to explain the packages, help you sign up, and maybe even save some of your hard-earned cash.

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Apple One in a Nutshell

To put it simply Apple One will essentially allow you to pay one monthly price for several subscription services. It is comparable to Amazon Prime which provides customers with video and streaming, book borrowing, photo storage, and a whole lot more for one monthly or yearly fee.

Multiple subscriptions can get pricey so for anyone who uses several it will likely be a solid purchase. Apple One is not obligatory so if you have sole interest in one of their services you will be better off paying for that service only. For example, Apple TV Plus is $5 per month if that is all you need then you won’t save any cash with a bundle.

When can I get my hands on it? 

Apple first hinted back in September at their online event and users have been eagerly waiting until fall for its release. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last week during a quarterly earnings report that the bundles would be live as of Friday, Oct. 30. 

So now, we can finally access our favorite subscriptions combined and save a little cash. Apple CFO Luca Maestri also let readers at Bloomberg know that Fitness Plus is on its way.

What’s Apple One price? Can I opt for a free trial? 

Apple One offers three different plans (see below), starting from $15 a month to $30 a month. There is also a 30-day free trial available.

How do I sign up for Apple One? 

First, sign up for Apple One on your Apple devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV. You have to have an iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or TVOS 14 running. A bit later this autumn, you’ll be able to sign up on your Mac running MacOS Big Sur.

In order to sign up, go to Settings, tap on your Apple ID and then tap on Subscriptions. Tap Get Apple One and choose the plan that you like. If you opt for an individual Apple service, Apple will instantly recommend whether an Apple One subscription is a better value for you, considering any other services you already pay for. 

What are the different features Apple One plans include?

Each plan offers a different number of services and is accessible for a different number of people. The amount of iCloud storage offered also varies depending on the plan. Here’s some more detail: 

  • Individual plan: $15 (£15, AU$20) a month for four services for one person: Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and iCloud (50 gigabytes of storage)
  • Family plan: $20 (£20, AU$26) for four services for six family members: Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and iCloud (200GB of storage)
  • Premier plan: $30 (£30, AU$40) for six services for six family members: Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, iCloud (2 terabytes of storage), Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus (in the 100 countries and regions where they are available)
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What does each service provide?

Here’s a brief run-down of features alongside their standalone (US) monthly fee to help you work out what you can save. 

Apple Music: Apple’s answer to Spotify; Stream over 70 million ad-free songs from hit artists.

Standalone monthly fee: $10 for an individual plan or $15 for a family.

Apple TV Plus: Stream movies and TV with Apple’s exclusive service that includes 30 original shows in multiple genres such as comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

Standalone monthly fee: $5.

Apple Arcade: Over 130 different games for your iPhone, IPad Mac, iPod Touch, or Apple TV.

Standalone monthly fee: $5.

iCloud storage: Additional gigabytes of free storage allowing you to increase iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or PC storage.

Standalone monthly fee: 5GB for Free / 50GB for $1 /  200GB for $3 / 2TB for $10.

Apple News Plus: Access to hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles

Standalone monthly fee: $10.

Apple Fitness Plus: A soon to launch fitness streaming in a similar vein to Peloton Digital or Fitbit Premium services with guided workouts directly available to stream for your Apple Watch 

Standalone monthly fee: $10.

Will I save any money with an Apple One subscription? 

This is entirely dependent on how many of the services on offer you already pay a subscription for or intend on taking advantage of. To subscribe to all of the above at their standalone monthly fees would cost a grand total of $4. In which case, even their most expensive Premier plan will save you $10.

You can expect average savings of at least $6 per month over standard monthly prices on any individual plan. Family plans can save you up to $8monthly. Long term the Premier plan offers a reduction of $300 a year ($25 per month).

The iCloud photo and backup service may not sound the most exciting but with a modern life downloading and storing video and photos it is essential for many. In truth, it is already a widely popular subscription service and if you are already forking out the $10 per month for 2TB of storage, and have a subscription to 2 or 2 other services then you may as well upgrade to the premier plan for access to the rest without a price hike.