What is Apple TV+? Price, features, how to get it, and more

Since its launch in November 2019, Apple TV+ has successfully entered the streaming service market from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to Disney+, Max, Hulu, and many others to become the choice for many people. options for movies, TV series and sports. Since then, the ad-free service has an estimated 25 million subscribers worldwide, and many more have reportedly taken advantage of the company’s penchant for subscribing to free promotions after you buy a new Apple device like an iPhone or MacBook.

What sets Apple TV+ apart from other products is that it is the only service that offers original and exclusive content only own original content; meaning there are no seasons Rick and Morty or Friends licensed from their respective networks and there are no blockbuster films from other studios, but you can get them elsewhere. This may or may not be a bad thing, as Apple has done a pretty good job of creating some of the most interesting original content out there so far, including award-winning series like Ted LassHi, Morning ShowAnd Termination to some of the best science fiction series, such as Silos And Invasionas well as live sports from Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

Even with the recent price increase, which is the second in four years, setting prices at $10 per month, Apple TV+ remains one of the cheapest video streaming services available. Here’s everything you need to know.

Apple TV+ home screen with images from Lessons in Chemistry.
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Cost and availability

Apple TV+ is one of the more affordable streaming services, costing $10 per month. That’s just $3 more than A $7 ad-supported Netflix subscription is $13 cheaper than Netflix’s top-tier Premium subscription.

Even better, Apple has adopted a very aggressive acquisition model for Apple TV+. Anyone can try it free for seven days, or you can get three months free with the purchase of a qualifying iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV device, or Mac. You just need to remember to redeem the offer within 90 days of purchase.

Additionally, if you haven’t signed up yet, you can get a free one-month trial as part of your Apple One subscription, but be aware that the price for this bundle (which includes services like Fitness+, Arcade, News+, and iCloud Storage) is also increasing.

Supported devices

Of course, Apple TV+ is available on all modern Apple hardware, including all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices capable of running the latest operating systems, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, and third-generation Apple TV. You can access Apple TV+ via a web browser such as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.

The Apple TV+ app is available on Smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and HiSense. You can also get the app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, or Google TV devices, as well as on PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles as well as Xbox One, Series X, or Series S.

AirPods Max and Apple TV 4K with remote on table.
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How do I get Apple TV+?

As we mentioned above, there is several ways to get Apple TV+ for free, whether you’re a first-time Apple device or a long-time Apple fan. Whatever the choice, here are the basic steps to get into streaming services.

Step 1: Lead to

and select Start a free trial knob. This is easiest to do in a desktop browser, but you can do it on almost any device.

Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID (or create an Apple ID first, if necessary).

Step 3: If you haven’t set it up with your Apple ID, you may have to enter your credit card information. Once this is done, click Confirming.

Step 4: You have done. You should be able to start watching right away, but you may have to log in to whatever device you’re using to watch.

Notes: However, keep in mind that with a free trial, and with most free trials, once the term ends, the trial will automatically renew, and after that you will be charged $10 per month. If it turns out it’s not for you, you might want to cancel before it’s too late.

Audios and videos

All original Apple TV+ are optimized to support 4K HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, and most also support Dolby Atmos sound. And if you have an Apple TV 4K, you can pair it with a compatible pair of headphones (like AirPods Max, AirPods Pro (first or second generation), AirPods 3, or Beats Fit Pro) to enjoy Apple’s immersive 3D Spatial Audio sound with head tracking . Many Apple TV+ support up to six simultaneous streams in one subscription, and up to six family members can create their own profiles using their own Apple login credentials. Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can also download Apple TV+ content for offline viewing.

Apple TV+ home screen on TV.
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Apple TV+ content

As we mentioned above, Apple TV+ is all about original movies and TV series. And although they launched with just a handful of titles, their roster is now much more respectable and continues to grow every month. The Apple TV+ lineup features shows and movies from many famous actors and filmmakers, and Digital Trends covers everything you can watch every month with our streaming guide, including what’s new on Apple TV+, the best shows on Apple TV+, and the best movies on Apple TV+.

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