After greater than two years of rumor, hypothesis, and hype, Apple TV+ has lastly arrived.

Apple’s streaming video service is now accessible for $5 per 30 days, however for those who purchase a brand new Apple machine, you may get the primary 12 months free of charge. At current, Apple TV+ consists of eight authentic sequence and one documentary film—all ad-free and unique to the service—with Apple promising so as to add extra films and reveals over time.

Although we’ve been listening to about Apple TV and its lineup of original programming for a while, lots of the finer particulars are solely popping out now. Before you begin binging on reveals like For All Mankind and The Morning Show, right here’s what you want to know:

Early critiques are okay

Apple TV+ doesn’t have any instant dwelling runs in its modest launch lineup, however critics have largely loved The Elephant Queen (90% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), Dickinson (74%), and For All Mankind (74%). The consensus is much less strong on The Morning Show (59%) regardless of the star energy of Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell, and Reese Witherspoon, whereas See (40%) appears to be a letdown regardless of its cinematic manufacturing values. TechHive critic Jeffrey Anderson came away with some similar opinions after watching these reveals himself.

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For All Mankind is without doubt one of the stronger reveals within the Apple TV+ launch lineup.

There’s no sturdy consensus but on Oprah’s Book Club or Apple’s three sequence geared toward youthful viewers (Helpsters, Ghost Writer, and Snoopy in Space).

The free 12 months of Apple TV+ has one huge caveat

While Apple works on including extra content material, it’s making a gift of a 12 months of Apple TV+ to anybody who purchased a brand new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV after September 10. The redemption supply ought to seem robotically for those who’re working no less than iOS 12.3, MacOS Catalina, or tvOS 12.3, although Macrumors reports that some customers might want to contact Apple support if the supply doesn’t seem. (If you’re not eligible, you’ll be able to nonetheless get a 7-day free trial, however you’ll must create an Apple ID and supply a bank card quantity.)

There is a catch, nevertheless: To get the primary 12 months free, you could comply with computerized billing at $5 per 30 days or $50 per 12 months thereafter, and for those who cancel early, you’ll lose entry to Apple TV+ instantly. That means you’ll be able to’t depend on the usual subscription trick of canceling proper after you enroll. Instead, I counsel marking your calendar for a number of days earlier than your first 12 months is up and bookmarking this link, which can take you straight to Apple’s subscription administration web page.

An Apple TV isn’t essential (nevertheless it helps)

As you would possibly count on, Apple TV+ is accessible on Apple TV streaming packing containers, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macs. It’s even accessible on third-generation Apple TVs that aren’t working tvOS. But along with these units, you may as well obtain the Apple TV app on some non-Apple {hardware}:

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