Apple TV+ FAQ: Cost, release date, supported devices, and more

This fall, Apple will make a risky venture outside its familiar spheres of hardware and software when it launches Apple TV+. The new service features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service so far, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

How will you access Apple TV+?

Once it launches, you’ll sign up for and watch Apple TV+ content through Apple’s recently redesigned TV app, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac—in addition to some supported third-party smart TVs.

The TV app redesign introduced Channels for HBO, Stars, and other services, and Apple TV+ will technically count as one of these, although Apple will no doubt emphasize its own content in the app. It already does, in fact, as the current version of the app features a prominent section with previews called “Apple TV+ First Looks.”

Can you watch Apple TV+ shows on non-Apple devices?

Fortunately, yes. In some cases, anyway. You’ll be able to watch Apple TV+ through the TV app on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac, but you’ll also be able to use the TV app on the Amazon Fire TV and, eventually, some new sets from Samsung, Roku, LG, Vizio, and Sony. If you have a new set from Samsung, LG, Sony, or Vizio, you should also be able to use AirPlay 2 to broadcast content straight from your iPhone or iPad to the set.

When will Apple launch Apple TV+?

At the moment, it doesn’t look like Apple will release Apple TV+ at its big iPhone event in September. Instead, a Bloomberg report from August 19 claimed that Apple will launch its service “by November.”

The highly-anticipated Disney+ service launches on November 12, however. And right now, Disney’s offering looks appealing because Disney already has decades’ worth of popular content ready to go, compared to Apple TV+.

How much will Apple TV+ cost?

While Apple itself hasn’t many made any announcements, August’s Bloomberg report said that people “familiar with the matter” claimed Apple is considering a $9.99 monthly fee and possibly a free trial.