While it’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that more people are waiting for the launch of the Disney+ streaming service, Apple launched its own Apple TV+ service on Friday. Now, if you have an Apple device, you are capable of viewing the streaming service for $5 a month. Now, if you pick up a new Apple device: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac, you will get a year free of the service. If you don’t expect to renew it after the year, don’t cancel AppleTV+ early.
Now, that may seem a bit of a weird caution, but hear me out. Normally, when you cancel a trial service, they allow you to enjoy the service until the end of your subscription period. Not Apple. Oh no. If you cancel the service now, you will immediately be cut off. That’s right: Try to opt out of the auto-renewal, and your free trial will instantly end, with no way to get whatever months you have left of the free trial back.
I know most of you probably won’t continue after the trial, but don’t cancel AppleTV+ early and set yourself a reminder for one day (or so) before the renewal date. Apple claims that you have “at least a day before each renewal date” to cancel.
Other useful things to know about the Apple TV Plus free trial:
- Any new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac that’s “capable of running the latest iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, or macOS” software that was bought after September 10th, 2019, from either Apple or an Apple-authorized reseller is included in the offer. You don’t need to have bought the latest iPhone 11 Pro to get the free subscription.
- You get three months from when you purchased your device to set up the free one-year trial (or if you bought it before November 1st, three months from November 1st).
- The free year trial is “available for a limited time only,” meaning that Apple can (and likely will) stop offering it at some point in the future.
- The free trial — like a paid Apple TV Plus subscription — is shared across your entire Family Sharing group with up to five other family members. You can also watch up to six simultaneous streams, which means you won’t have to fight your family members to decide who gets to watch.
- The flip side is that you’re limited to one free trial per Apple ID / Family Sharing group, so if everyone in your family bought a new iPhone this year, you’d still only get one free year subscription for everyone to share.
I suggest that you don’t cancel AppleTV+ early, because a lot can change in a year. Yeah, many of the early reviews are “meh” to say the least, but all a streaming service needs is one good hit. Look at what Stranger Things did for Netflix. Will I check it out? Sure, when I grab a new Apple TV, because I’m all about that free trial.