Apple has several subscription services available, and now you can save some cash by signing up for Apple One, a pricing plan that bundles Apple’s services (including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and more) together at a discounted price. In effect, it replaces expensive a la carte pricing with cheaper pricing bundles.
But, is it worth signing up for this scheme or would your money be better spent on the individual services instead? We take a look at whether or not you should get Apple One – and what you can actually save if you do so.
Here’s what you need to know about Apple One.
What services are included in Apple One?
The following Apple’s services are available for bundled pricing: Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple TV+, and iCloud.
If Apple introduces new services, they’ll probably adjust the Apple One plans accordingly.
Please note: AppleCare, Apple’s warranty and support program, is not part of Apple One.
How much does Apple One cost? And how much can I save?
Apple has three Apple One plans. Each plan offers a different set of services. Here are the plans.
Individual ($16.95/£16.95 per month): includes Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+, and 50GB of iCloud storage for one user. This plan offers a $6/£6 savings per month over a la carte pricing.
Family ($22.95/£22.95 per month): includes Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+, and 200GB of iCloud storage. Can be shared with up to six family members (yourself and five others). This plan offers an $8/£8 monthly savings over a la carte.
Premier ($32.95/£32.95 per month): includes Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple TV+, and 2TB of iCloud storage. Can be shared with up to six family members (yourself and five others). You’ll save $25/£25 per month with this plan.
And to save even more, if you have the Apple Card, you get 3 percent cash back on your monthly payment if you use the card to pay your bill (U.S. only). Go to one.apple.com to sign up.
What if I want more iCloud storage?
You can upgrade your iCloud storage, but you’ll pay an additional monthly fee. The Apple One website says the additional storage is a “supplement” to the storage included in the plan. For example, if you want to get the 2TB upgrade ($9.99/£6.99), for the Apple One Family plan ($22.95/£22.95), you’ll end up with 2.2TB and pay $31.94/£29.94 per month.
Does Apple One work with users who have multiple Apple IDs?
If you use one Apple ID for iCloud storage and a different Apple ID for subscriptions and purchases, Apple One is applied to your ID for the latter. Apple does have a way to apply the Apple One iCloud storage to the Apple ID you use for iCloud. Essentially, you need to reassign the iCloud storage plan to the Apple ID that will be used for Apple One. Apple has complete instructions on how to reassign your iCloud storage during Apple One setup.
Where is Apple One available?
The Apple One plans are not available everywhere. The Individual and Family plans will be available in more than 100 countries and regions. The Premier plan is available only in Australia, Canada, the U.K, and the U.S.–essentially, the countries where Apple News+ is available.
Can I use the Apple One services on non-Apple devices?
You can use the services “on any platform where the services are available,” according to Apple. Apple Music is available on Android and Windows, so you can use it there. Apple TV+ can be accessed through the Apple website, so you should be able to access it through a browser on any platform.
Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Arcade can be accessed only through an Apple device. iCloud storage can be accessed through a browser on any platform at icloud.com.
What do Apple’s services offer?
Here’s a brief outline of what you get with each of Apple subscription services.
This gaming service offers hand-picked titles that feature no ads or in-game purchases. Apple updates the selection regularly, so there’s bound to be plenty that will keep you occupied. See what’s on Apple Arcade.
The online storage and backup solution for Apple devices. Find out what it has to offer by reading our how to use iCloud guide.
Upgrade from the free Apple News app to News+ to get access to a wide selection of magazines and newspapers, all of which can be downloaded to read offline. Read all about it in our Apple News+ guide.
The newest of Apple’s subscription services arriving on 14 December 2020. This fitness trainer app works with your Apple Watch to record health metrics while you work out. Bespoke sessions are hosted by renowned trainers, all of which can be watched on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. Read our Apple Fitness+ guide to see what you’ll gain from this addition to the Apple platform.