Have you been hearing about all the awesome services Apple offers, but been hesitant to spend the money? Do you already have several Apple services, but wish you could combine them and save? Well, now you can. Last week, Apple began offering the Apple One Service Bundles. With an Apple One bundle, customers can save as much as $25 per month. Today we take a look at the three basic service levels and what’s included in each. We’ll also tell you how to subscribe, or how to convert your existing subscriptions into an Apple One bundle.
Apple One Individual Plan:
This is the base option, good for one person. Priced at $14.99 a month, it includes Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage, up from the 5GB provided fre with every Apple ID.
Apple One Family Plan:
Next in the lineup of offerings is the Family Plan. For just $19.99 per month, it includes the same three services as in the above Individual Plan, except that those services can be shared with up to six separate family members, and of course each family member can use the services on multiple devices. The iCloud storage in this plan is also increased to 200GB. Additionally, if you have a compatible camera, you can use HomeKit Secure Video, which provides encrypted cloud storage for camera recordings, with seven days of storage, people detection and identification, motion notifications, and much more. Of note, a security system membership, such as those offered by Canary, often costs about $10 per month, and a Dropbox subscription would run you an additional $9.99 per month, making it easy to see the added value in an Apple One subscription, which gives you security cloud storage, file storage, plus the other three services mentioned. Seventy million songs plus radio stations, more than 100 games of the highest quality, and awesome original TV content, plus the storage described above? Not bad at all.
Apple One Premiere Plan:
At $29.99 per month, this plan is by far the best, offering the most bang for your buck, and the most savings per month (up to $25 per month saved). Again designed to be shared by up to six family members, this plan includes Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, Apple Fitness Plus (coming soon), and 2TB of iCloud storage, with HomeKit Secure Video for up to five cameras. This is our personal favorite plan. If you love the integration, ease of use, and the high quality of the content and services Apple offers, this is definitely the plan for you.
Additional Options You Can Add:
Besides the plans described above, all services can still be purchased individually, though after just a few services, this does not make sense from a financial standpoint, as the bundles offer tremendous savings. One important add-on of note is iCloud storage. Any Apple One bundle plan can be supplemented with additional iCloud storage options, with the same pricing as has existed prior to the introduction of the bundles. This makes it possible, for example, to purchase an Apple One individual plan with 50GB of iCloud storage, then double that storage to 100GB for just an additional $0.99 a month. At the opposite end of the spectrum, it is now possible, for the first time ever, for customers to have up to 4TB of iCloud storage, shareable with the whole family, by purchasing the Apple One Premiere Plan, then adding an additional 2TB iCloud storage plan for an additional $9.99 per month.
In addition to all these services, Apple offers AppleTV Channels. These are On-Demand, and sometimes live, premium television networks, such as STARZ, CBS All Access, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Tastemaid, Nick Hits, PBS Living, History Vault, and many others – about 30 or 31 in total. They offer support for pause and rewind of On Demand content, live local content where available, commercial-free movies and shows, and even offline viewing support, again for the entire family. These services must be purchased separately and are not part of any bundle, with the exception of CBS and Showtime, which Apple does offer at a great discount when combined.
The final Apple service available to customers is iTunes Match. Arguably a legacy offering in some respects, it offers iCloud Music, meaning all your playlists, songs, albums, ratings, and more are available on all your devices without syncing. It also offers high quality replacements for up to 100,000 songs when available. This service costs just $24.99 per year, not per month – per year, but it is not shareable among family members.
How to Subscribe to Apple One:
Want to sign up for an Apple One Bundle? It’s quick and easy. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings>Your Name>Subscriptions. At the top of the screen, you should see the option to sign up for Apple One. Tap to get started, then select the plan you want. If you already subscribe to some of the services in the bundle, you will be refunded for the remaining portion of that month’s cost, and you will be immediately transitioned to the bundle. If you are new to at least one of the services offered in the bundle you chose, you will receive a 30 day free trial of any such service. For more information, visit https://www.apple.com/appleone