Apple One is finally here: the service that combines all of Apple’s offerings into one easy bundle, saving subscribers money, is launching this fall.
For some, like myself, in the Apple Ecosystem Apple’s services have been a love-hate relationship: I love what I get from them, but I hate the feeling of death by a thousand cuts as all of my bills roll in every month. Apple is rolling out bundles that are perfect for people like me, no matter which level of service you’re looking for from them.
There are three tiers:
Individual includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $15.95 (CAD) per month. This saves you $7 per month over the current price.
Family includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $20.95 (CAD) per month, and can be shared among up to six family members. This saves you $10 per month over the current price.
Premier, where available, includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $33.95 (CAD) per month, and can be shared among up to six family members.
Currently I’m paying nearly $50 per month for the equivalent of the Premier bundle without Apple Fitness+. Adding that in to the equation I’m looking to save over $32 per month – I’ll be going with Premier, because I love the look of Apple Fitness+. So what is that, anyway?
If you’re like me, your fitness has suffered since the pandemic started. My gym isn’t a place that I want to be, and finding motivation past filling my rings by taking a quick walk has been hard to come by.
Enter Apple Fitness+, a new service that you can access with your Apple Watch, supplemented by your iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV.
“We’re so excited to energize our customers with new ways to get active and stay active with Apple Watch,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of fitness for Health Technologies. “With diverse studio workouts that are suitable for all ability levels, led by a phenomenal group of unique trainers, and an approachable program designed for beginners all the way through to the fitness enthusiast — as well as the flexibility to work out anywhere — there’s something for everyone. We know Fitness+ will take working out with Apple Watch to the next level with unparalleled engagement, convenience, and inspiration.”
The deal is simple: every week Apple is launching new interactive video workouts based on activities you want to do: Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, and Mindful Cooldown. Adding in music from Apple Music in genres you select, these workouts will vary in length and intensity. Apple’s goal is to make sure you’ve always got something interesting to do. It will tie in with GymKit enabled machines for running, cycling, and rowing (among others) so they’re really going head to head against Peloton.
Many of these workouts can be done just with dumbbells or with no equipment at all, and there’s an Absolute Beginner program available if you need some help getting off the couch.
Everything syncs to your own personal fitness app, and while you can challenge friends and family to competitions, all the machine learning and intelligence happens on your device, keeping Apple out of the equation and your privacy safe.
Apple Fitness+ is launching before the end of 2020, and will be $12.99 per month, $99.99 per year, or as part of the Apple One Premier bundle.