Apple TV+ FAQ: Only $4.99 for the whole family, and you get one year free with new Apple devices

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.

Updated 09/10/19: Apple has announced Apple TV+ pricing and release date. The first shows launch on November 1, 2019, and the service will cost only $4.99 including Family Sharing. What’s more, if customers who buy an Apple TV, Mac, iPad, or iPhone will get one year of Apple TV+ free.

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, Starz, 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+?

The first Apple TV+ shows will be available on November 1, 2019. Additional shows will roll out over time.

How much will Apple TV+ cost?

During its “By innovation only” event on September 10, Apple shocked the audience by announcing that the service would cost only $4.99 per month. That includes Family Sharing.