Apple One Arrives

Apple’s combined subscription service is here, and it’s looking good.

Back in September, Apple announced it was to bundle several of its subscriber services, making them available for a single set monthly price. Today, that service launches. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple One.

What is Apple One?

Apple currently offers several services available through a monthly subscription. Apple One bundles several of these services into a single deal. Instead of subscribing to, say, Apple Music, iCloud and Apple Arcade separately, you’d buy into Apple One instead, and get them all for a cheaper price. There are three tiers of Apple One subscriptions on offer;

• Individual: £14.95/$14.95/14,95 € per month
Subscribe to the Individual Apple One tier and you get Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ and 50GB of iCloud storage. As Apple Music is £9.99/$9.99/9,99 € a month after the free three-month trial and Arcade and TV+ cost £4.99/$4.99/4,99 € a month each, that’s a decent saving.

• Family: £19.95/$19.95/19,95 € per month
Subscribe to the Family tier and you get the same services offered by the Individual tier, but with 200GB of iCloud storage, and can share your subscription with up to six family members. Up to six people can use your Apple One services from their own Apple devices.

• Premier: £29.95/$29.95 per month (not available in Europe)
Apple’s top-of-the range subscription gives you the same services as the Family tier, but also adds Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+, and ups the iCloud storage to 2TB. Again, you can share your Premier Apple One subscription with up to six family members.

How do I Subscribe to Apple One?

To subscribe to Apple One on an iOS or iPadOS device, open the Settings app and tap your name at the top of the screen; sign in if requested. Now tap Media & Purchases > Subscriptions. You’re shown which subscription services – from Apple and other parties – you currently subscribe to. Tap the Get Apple One link, and you’re offered the three tiers of membership. Make your choice, and then tap Start Free Trial. You get a month for free before you have to pay.

To subscribe to Apple One on a Mac, open the App Store app, and click on your name and picture in the bottom-left corner. Tap View Information atop the window, and sign in if requested to do so. Find the Manage section towards the bottom of the popup window, and click the Manage link next to Subscriptions. You’re shown the services you currently subscribe to, and given the chance to join Apple One.

You can subscribe to the Apple One bundle from a Mac if you wish, using the App Store.

What Are the Services Offered in Apple One?

The various tiers of Apple One combine these subscription-based services. Everything other than iCloud is ‘all you can eat’ – when subscribed, you can use the service as much or as little as you want at no extra cost.

• Apple Music
Stream from over 70 million songs, access thousands of playlists, check out daily selections from the world’s best music experts, tune in to Apple Music radio and enjoy innovative features like time-synced lyrics.

• Apple TV+
Watch brand-new TV shows and movies that aren’t available anywhere else. Apple TV+ has earned over 100 awards recognitions, including 18 Emmy nominations, for its originals — more than any other streaming service in its first 10 months.

• Apple Arcade
Play more than 100 video games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. You can play as many games as you wish, and they’re all ad-free with no in-app purchases necessary.

• Apple News+
Provides premium access to leading newspapers and hundreds of magazines.

• Apple Fitness+
Offers personalised workout experiences, based on fitness data gleaned from your Apple Watch. Everyone from beginners to committed exercisers can access studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers and underscored by motivating music.

• iCloud
Keeps your photos, videos, files and more safely stored and available across their devices. It’s also used to sync data such as your Contacts, Notes, passwords and more.

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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