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The Evolution of Apple TV+

In the 1980s, Apple helped launch the personal computer revolution with Mac PCs, Apple then revolutionized the music industry in the early 2000s with iPods and iTunes. The iPhone jump started the smartphone business and most recently led the tablet and smartwatch market.

Now, Apple is going after Netflix, one of the biggest success stories of all time, with Apple TV+, an entirely different approach to building a streaming library of content. Apple TV+ is the company’s premium subscription streaming service attempting to take on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. The service is completely ad-free, featuring original shows and movies under the Apple Originals program.

The difference between Apple TV, the Apple TV app, and Apple TV+

Apple TV: This product is a set-top box allowing you to stream video from iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN and other streaming services.

Apple TV app: This is free app/service serving as a hub for content from other streaming services and allowing for individual subscriptions to channels. It is pre-installed on most Apple products including, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Apple TV, etc.  

Apple TV+: is a subscription service, like Netflix with more than 30 Apple Originals, plus a modest catalog of syndicated content.

Apple TV+ is a subscription service, like Netflix, that offers over 30 Apple originals, as well as a decent catalogue of content.

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What is at Apple TV+’s core?

Offering exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR, Apple TV+ allows you to watch across all your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Apple TV+ content is available exclusively through the Apple TV app. You can watch on your Apple TV set-top box, iPhone, or iPad as you might expect.

But you don’t need the latest Apple TV 4K to enjoy Apple TV+. The TV app is also available on other platforms like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Sony PlayStation, Xbox, and even the web at tv.apple.com.

While you can watch original comedies, dramas, thrillers, documentaries, and kids shows on Apple TV+, it does not include a back-content catalog of any kind. You will need to decide whether Apple TV+ is worth it to you and will depend on what value you place on fresh and original content. with just a tiny catalog of non-original content.

Compared to the big boys in the streaming world, Apple TV+ does not offer access to new either blockbuster films or fan-favorite classics, but it does focus on big-budget original content with an approximately $6 billion budget to attract top-tier talent.

With a generous family sharing plan, you can have up to six family members using the same account but with separate logins, eliminating the need of sharing your password with anyone. Additionally, having an Apple account may make you eligible for a year free of Apple TV+.

Is Apple TV+ worth the price?

The core price of Apple TV+ is $4.99 per month with an option for an annual subscription of $49.99, which unlocks all Apple Originals but other Apple TV subscriptions will require a separate cost.

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you might want to consider an Apple One subscription, which will include Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, Apple Arcade as well as 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 per month, with a family plan of $19.95 per month for up to six family members.

There is an even more expensive option that boosts iCloud storage to 2TB and includes Apple News Plus and the brand-new Apple Fitness Plus for $29.95 per month.

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