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What is Apple One? Apple’s all-in subscription package explained

One for all (Apple services in a big bundle)

What’s one more subscription? Probably one too many, if you’re suffering from subscription fatigue. Hence Apple’s cunning plan: mash all your existing Apple subscriptions into one.

Instead of having up to six of the things, you just let Tim Cook raid your piggy bank once every month, and save a few quid into the bargain.

So: One plan to rule them all?

Sort of. It’s certainly one payment – but Apple’s been smart enough to realise not everyone will want everything Apple has to offer. So there are actually three plans. But Apple Three probably didn’t sound as good – and would have had a certain carrier get all grumpy and send its entire legal team to Apple HQ.

But all I care about is lazing about on the sofa. What’s in it for me?

The Individual plan is designed for you. For £14.95, you get Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. If you were already bopping away to Apple Music and using one of the other services, that’s a 3p saving on what you were paying before and you effectively get the other service for ‘free’. You’ll also get an extra 50GB of iCloud storage stacked on top of whatever you already have or pay for. Barg.

Hang on. I’ve got one of those pesky families. Does One cater for them?

Hang on. I’ve got one of those pesky families. Does One cater for them?

Arcade and TV+ offer family sharing regardless of your plan. But if you want them to have Music, the aptly named Family tier costs £19.95 per month and can be shared with up to five others. It also boosts iCloud storage to 200GB. If you’re feeling flush, Premier (available in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada) is £29.95 per month, bumps iCloud to 2TB, throws in News+ and Fitness+, and presumably makes Tim Cook’s grin grow 5% wider.

I must have this right now! Give me a buy button to mash!

Head to Settings on an Apple device, tap your name, and tap Subscriptions. Apple will unsubtly suggest you ‘Get Apple One’. Tap that and then pick from relevant tiers – and get a free trial if eligible.

Whether you should sign up depends on what you’ll save over your existing Apple subscriptions (possibly a fair whack if you have several), what you’ll use, and how much you care about Fitness+ – only available in the most expensive tier. Also, people with freebie Apple TV+ subscriptions just got an extension through to February, so that’s something else to take into account.

But! If you’ve been desperate for that joyous moment you could sign up, have at it. Just don’t complain to us that you feel guilty chucking thirty quid a month at Apple when you aren’t continuously simultaneously exercising, bopping to the top 40, reading news, watching telly and duffing up aliens in the latest frenetic Apple Arcade blaster.