Apple One
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeSubscription service bundle
Launch dateOctober 30, 2020
Platform(s)iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Mac
Operating system(s)iOS 14 or later, iPadOS 14 or later, tvOS 14 or later, macOS Big Sur or later
StatusActive
WebsiteApple One official website

Apple One is a subscription which bundles a number of premium services provided by Apple Inc. into tiered packages, first offered in late 2020. The three tiers offered are Individual, Family, and Premier, with all three providing access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage (50 GB for Individual, 200 GB for Family, and 2TB for Premier). The Premier tier also includes Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+. Both family and premier packages allow family sharing for up to six people.[1] Additional iCloud Storage can be purchased on top of an Apple One subscription.

Description

Apple One was announced on September 15, 2020, during the Apple Event and later launched globally on October 30. [1] Plans for a services bundle had been in development at Apple for years, as part of the company's efforts to increase its revenue from services and decrease its reliance on hardware sales.[1][2]

The subscription groups premium services provided by Apple Inc. into tiered packages. The three tiers offered are Individual, Family, and Premier, with all three providing access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage (50 GB for Individual, 200 GB for Family, and 2TB for Premier). The Premier tier also includes Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+. Both family and premier packages allow family sharing for up to six people.[1] Additional iCloud storage can be purchased at the top of an Apple One subscription.

Apple One subscription bundles are designed to entice users into other services which they might not otherwise have considered subscribing to, such as Apple Arcade or Apple News+, by providing them together at a discounted price.[1][3][4][5]

According to Apple, a user who would intend to pay for each component service contained in the Individual bundle would save roughly $6 monthly by instead paying for Apple One at the Individual tier, while under the same premise, a Family tier subscriber would save $8 per month and a Premier tier subscriber roughly $25 per month.[1]

On August 13, 2020, Apple announced that it would make the service available to users around the world in October.

Reception

The Verge has compared the service to Amazon Prime, through its bundling of Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music.[1] CNET noted that the service's biggest draw is its inclusion of iCloud services.[3]

Competitor Response

Spotify has raised concerns that Apple may be exploiting a dominant position, claiming that Apple One puts competitors at a disadvantage as consumers are favoured for using Apple's own services over alternatives, due to Apple's control of the iOS platform. Spotify called on competition regulators to act because they believe the practice should be seen as anti-competitive behaviour and as such should be subject to restrictions and regulation.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Alexander, Julia (September 15, 2020). "Apple confirms Apple One subscription bundle, bringing together Music, TV Plus, Arcade, and more". The Verge. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Pullen, John Patrick (March 24, 2019). "Apple's Two-Word Plan for the Future of the Internet: Subscribe Now". Forbes. Archived from the original on March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Cheng, Roger (September 15, 2020). "The Apple One bundle's real killer app is its least sexy service". CNET. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Katz, Brandon (May 19, 2020). "Apple TV+ Switching Up Its Strategy to Lock Horns With Netflix". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Mayo, Benjamin (May 19, 2020). "Bloomberg: Apple TV+ tops 10 million subscribers, company buying TV show and movie back catalog to expand service". 9to5Mac. Archived from the original on May 26, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Duffy, Clare (September 19, 2020). "Why Spotify is picking a fight with Apple over Apple One". CNN Business. Retrieved November 30, 2020.