Apple News+ joins ‘premier’ tier of new bundle plan

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Apple has announced a new bundle subscription package that includes access to its premium Apple News+ product.

The company announced Apple One at a Sept. 14, 2020 event.

Apple One will come in three flavors — “Individual” at $14.95 a month, “Family” at $19.95 a month and “Premier” at $29.95 a month.

With the new plans, Apple News+ will only be available in the “Premier” tier (and only in select countries at least to start).

For big news junkies, it’s also worth noting that Apple TV+ subscriptions include the Apple original program “The Morning Show” that takes viewers behind the scenes at a network morning show rocked by scandal.

Apple News has a free tier and the company plans to continue offering Apple News+ at a lower a la carte price point for customers who don’t have use for all of the included services.

Apple News+ expands upon the free article centric platform by adding digital versions of popular magazines and other publications. It stems from the company’s acquisition of Texture, a digital magazine app.

All tiers include Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple Music as well as varying amounts of iCloud storage (with the top plan soaring to 2TBs).

The premier plan also includes access to Apple Fitness+, an upgrade health and fitness experience.

Family plans can be shared among up to six people.

It’s worth noting that even just two people sharing an Apple One account could come out ahead if they’re avid Apple users — and “break even” even if they don’t use all of the included services.

The 2TB of storage at the top tier is also likely to be appealing (it costs $9.99 a month a la carte).

Below is an outline of the current or announced pricing of each service as of Sept. 14, 2020:

  • Apple News+: $9.99 a month
  • Apple Music: $9.99 a month for individual; $14.99 a month for families
  • Apple TV+: $4.99 a month
  • Apple Fitness+: $9.99 a month
  • Apple Arcade: $4.99 a month

Services, which include subscriptions, have been a big push for Apple over the past few years.

Tech rival Google also uses the “One” branding for its premium storage offering that is share across multiple products, including Gmail, photos and more. The icon version of Google’s service, however, is the numeral “1.”