Thought this deserves its own thread. Apple’s page on the new bundle:
Three plans: Individual – $14.95/mo
Family – $19.95/mo
Premier – $29.95/mo
I have to say I’m pretty tempted by that Premier bundle. Right now I’m paying for Music and the 200gb iCloud tier, and am on the “free with device” tv+ plan, which I plan to renew when the time comes. However, my photo library is knocking up against the limit of the 200gb iCloud tier. Once I start paying for tv+ and the 2tb iCloud tier I’ll be paying $24.97. An extra $5 for News+, Fitness+, and Arcade seems like a decent deal.
Premier plan is a no brainer for my family. We are already doing $15/month for Music and $10/month for iCloud storage and were planning on adding on the Fitness service, so we’ll come out ahead this way. Arcade will go completely unused and TV will probably continue to be mostly unused, but this will at least let me have a look at News (which I doubt I will ultimately use much considering I don’t want someone else curating what I read there).
I will subscribe to the Premier plan. I am currently paying $400 year (Arcade $50; TV+ $50; Music-family $180; iCloud Storage $120). So I would be saving $40/year and would get News+ and Fitness+ as lagniappe.
That was my thought. That even it work for me, that is not the normal, this is a way to force people to pay 3 dollars more for service that they do not use… so, business strategy. For me I can use family plan and will work perfectly.
I’m not sure that Apple is trying to force anybody to do anything, unless they kill all of the a la carte services. But a small extra amount each month for a bigger, better package is a decent psychological draw, and will probably get some more subscribers.
Apple One pricing in the Philippines. Thank you for regional pricing at least. Apple Music is cheaper because of distribution.
Apple One Family:
Looks like I have to purchase iCloud 2TB though so I’m hoping there’s a discount. Otherwise it will cost $22 for Apple One Family since it’s a separate purchase. Better option would be Premiere but that’s not available on my country. Bummer.
This is a tough call for me. I don’t play games on my devices, so Arcade really isn’t for me. On the other hand, I have Music, News, and 200gb tier iCloud. ($23 or thereabouts, all told). I also have Tv+ because I purchased an iPad mini in March, but truthfully I haven’t watched much of the content, even with having more home time because of the quarantine.
So I’m not sure if any of these bundles are right for me? I wish there was an option to switch out Arcade for News, that might appeal to me greatly.
I pay for Apple Music and 200GB on iCloud which comes just below the individual plan. I don’t really play games and I’ve got a year of TV from a recent Mac purchase so I’ll be sticking to what I’ve got. I doubt I’d pay for TV with the current catalog anyway.
The fitness part is intriguing but I’m in Belgium where it’s not available.
I also suspect what they call cycling is closer to spinning. And being limited to data from the watch, that means no smart trainers, no power or cadence measurements.
I guess I’ll stick to Zwift for cycling and Youtube for Yoga.
For now I’m staying on the $0.99 and 50GB plan. I have zero use for Music, Arcade, TV+, News, Fitness+ and my Music needs are covered by the Spotify family plan.
If I would have security cameras or more iOS devices in my family to share services with it would be a different story. Let alone compared to just getting 200GB of iCloud storage.