The first subscribers to the free year of Apple TV+ will have to pay soon

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What you need to know

  • The first people to sign up for Apple's free year of Apple TV+ will have to start paying soon.
  • Those who signed up for a free year on November 1, 2019, will be billed on November 1, 2020.
  • Anyone who signed up for a free year after that date will have a different first billing date.

When Tim Cook announced the price of Apple TV+ at Apple's September Event in 2019, everyone was shocked to find out that the company would only be charging $4.99 per month. It was a price point unseen by the big players in the streaming market.

People were even more bewildered when Cook announced that, for those who purchased an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV (for a limited time), they would receive an entire year of Apple TV+ for free. Apple has continued to bring series after series to its new streaming service, so it has been well worth taste testing Apple TV+ for the last year. That taste test, however, is finally coming to an end.

Reported by MacRumors, those who signed up for their free year of Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019 (when the streaming service launched), will begin to have to pay for the service starting at the end of October. Subscribers will see their first charge of $4.99 hit their account on November 1, 2020.

If you signed up for your free year of Apple TV+ later than November 1, 2019, you won't see a charge come until the anniversary of your signup date. If you are wondering when you will have to start paying for Apple TV+, you can check to see when your free trial will expire under your Apple ID.

On the iPhone, you can find it by navigating to Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions and looking for your next billing date. If you want to cancel, click on Apple TV+ > Cancel Free Trial. Keep in mind that canceling your free trial will immediately remove your access to Apple TV+. It will not let you run out the rest of your trial period.

If you plan to keep Apple TV+, you can also purchase an entire year of the streaming service for $49.99.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.