How to manage iTunes Store and App Store Subscriptions

There are lots of subscriptions you can purchase from Apple. They may be for services that Apple sells, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple News+, or the new Apple One bundle, as well as any subscription you have for additional iCloud storage above the free 5 GB that you get. You may have subscriptions for specific apps that function on a monthly or annual payment. Or you may have subscriptions to third-party services — such as HBO NOW, Hulu, Pandora, or Spotify — that you’ve purchased through the iTunes Store.

It’s easy to manage these subscriptions once you find where to go. In this article, I’ll show you how to access information about your iTunes Store and App Store subscriptions, and how to cancel them.

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Apple Announces First Macs with Apple Silicon

I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I’m used to every new generation of computer being 20% or 30% faster, but when Apple said that their new M1 chip is more than three times faster, and battery life on new Macs the double of existing models, I have to say I gasped a bit. With the introduction of “system on a chip” Macs, where all the key chips in a computer are on a single processor, Apple seems to have come up with performance updates the likes of which we have never seen.

Apple has announced three new Macs with its own processors: a MacBook Air, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro. On the outside, none of these Macs look any different; there was no mention of them being thinner or lighter, as is usually the case. But under the hood, these are revolutionary computers.

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Doing the Math on Apple’s New Apple One Bundle

Apple today introduced Apple One, an offer of three different bundles of Apple services. There is an individual plan, a family plain, and, in countries that offer Apple News+, a premium plan. (That’s the US, Canada, Australia, and UK.)

Here are the services available in the bundle:

  • Apple Music
  • Apple TV+
  • Apple Arcade
  • Apple News+
  • Apple Fitness
  • iCloud storage

The family plan, which provides Apple Music, TV+, Arcade, and 200GB iCloud storage is a great deal: at $20 a month, you can share it with up to five other people, which means that, with a family of six (or a group of friends), it comes to $3.33 per month.

The individual plan can be good for some people, if they use Apple Music and at least one other service, and if the 50GB iCloud storage is enough. But for me, the math doesn’t work out.

I currently pay for Apple Music annually; that’s $100, or $8.25 per month. I also pay $3 a month for 200GB iCloud storage; the 50GB in the Apple One bundle isn’t enough. And I may continue to pay for Apple TV+, after the free period runs out early next year. To get the additional iCloud storage, I’d have to pay $18 a month.

If I stay with my annual Apple Music plan, add Apple TV+, and continue to pay for the iClouds storage, that’ll only cost me $16.25 per month. I have no reason to want to pay for Apple Arcade, so the bundle is more expensive. Even if I was paying monthly for Apple Music, I’d be paying $18 a month whether it’s a bundle or individual services, and, while I don’t know how it will work in the future, it might not be that easy to drop the bundle and return to individual subscriptions.

My other option would be to pay for the premium bundle. To be honest, while I don’t think Apple News+ is worth the $10 monthly price, I’d be willing to pay, say, $5 a month. With the premium bundle I’d save on the $3 iCloud storage fee, because it comes with 2TB storage (of which I really have no need). And I don’t think Fitness+ will be for me. So I’d pay $30 a month for extra services I don’t need.

I don’t know why Apple doesn’t have more options for the individual bundle, such as offering one which includes Apple News+. Apple will most likely tweak these bundles over time, and perhaps offer annual pricing for them. (Apple Music, Arcade, and Fitness+ currently offer annual prices; News+ and TV+ do not.) It’s in Apple’s interest to get more individuals into the prorgam.

But in the meantime, if you have two or more people wanting these services, either family plan is a no-brainer.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #157: Apple’s New iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

Josh and Kirk talk about Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 12, and whether they plan to upgrade. They explain the point of the HomePod mini, and discuss what Siri can do with this new home device from Apple. We also look at the new MagSafe charging system on the iPhone 12.

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Apple Announces iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

Every new iPhone has a marquee feature that Apple focuses on in its new product announcement. In recent years, Apple has repeatedly highlighted improvements to the camera system, spending the majority of time in their new product presentation showing the beautiful photos that the phone can take. While the camera in the iPhone 12 gets a bump, this year‘s marquee feature is a new mobile technology that most people won’t be able to benefit from: 5G.

The iPhone 12 also sports a new design, with narrower bezels, and a new, more robust type of glass, as well as being “the fastest iPhone ever,” which is the case every year. Apple also announced the HomePod mini, which is more of a smart speaker with Siri features than an audio device, like its older sibling.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #153: New, New, New from Apple!

Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, a new fitness subscription service, and a subscription bundle, Apple One. While iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released this week, there’s still no news on macOS. Josh and Kirk look at all the new stuff, and try to figure out what’s best for most users.

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Apple Introduces New Apple Watch, iPad Air, and AppleOne Services Bundle

It’s a strange year. Instead of the annual iPhone-fest that we’ve become familiar with in September, Apple’s flagship product is delayed until next month. So the company has presented some new items: the latest Apple Watch, an updated iPad Air, and a bundle of services and subscriptions called AppleOne. In another pre-recorded event from Apple’s spaceship campus, Apple showed off these new products and services, and, to the surprise of many, announced the released of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for today.

Here’s what’s new from Apple.

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Apple’s New Plans for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac Unveiled at WWDC 2020

It was a different type of presentation at this year’s WWDC. Gone was the venue packed with thousands of developers and journalists, cheering at the announcements of new features, now relegated to memories for this year because of the coronavirus. Instead, Apple presented a very fast-paced pre-recorded keynote outlining where the company is going with this year’s operating systems. At the same time, Apple announced a big change to macOS, and the biggest change to the Mac in 15 years.

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The Pros and Cons of Apple’s iOS App Store

If you use apps on your iPhone or iPad, other than those included in iOS, you get them from Apple’s App Store. Since Apple’s App Store is the only way to install apps on iOS devices (unlike with macOS where you can obtain apps from the Mac App Store or from developers) you have to use Apple to provide these apps. The App Store has lots of advantages, but also some negatives, and has been controversial lately. In this article, I’ll look at what’s good about the App Store and what needs work.

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Why Apple Is Missing the Boat on Home Wi-fi

In April 2018, Apple announced that it was discontinuing its AirPort home wi-fi products. The AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule were easy-to-use routers and wi-fi access points that fit perfectly into the Apple ecosystem. The AirPort Express was the first easy way to stream music to devices in your home using AirPlay (initially called AirTunes), because you could connect a stereo or powered speakers to the device. And the Time Capsule contained a hard drive, to use for Time Machine backups. Presumably, sales of these devices weren’t good enough to maintain the product line and its software.

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