Apple had first announced the Apple Arcade gaming service in March this year. Apple Arcade is a subscription that will allow you to access an array of paid apps on iPad, iPhone, and Mac. The company will charge you a flat monthly fee and you can access selected paid apps on the App Store. Now it has come to light that Apple will be charging $4.99 per month for the Apple Arcade.
The folks at 9to5 Mac have got their hands on pricing details of Apple Arcade. Apparently, the information was hidden in one of the API’s used by the App Store app. The promotional message said that Apple Arcade will be priced at $4.99/month. Meanwhile, users will be offered a free trial of one month. The best part is that all members of a Family Sharing Account will be able to access the service. I just hope that Apple manages to rope in the awesome games and offer them on Apple Arcade.
The company is already offering Apple Arcade early access program to its employees. They need to pay 49 cents for one every month after the trial. The early access period is expected to extend until the iOS 13 final version is available for users. That being said, this is not an official announcement and Apple can still change the price. As expected, Apple Arcade is likely to be launched with new iPhones and Apple Watch on September 10th.
It is interesting to see how tech companies are aiming to offer a subscription-based service. Kindle Unlimited, Xbox Live Gold, and many others allow users to access and use a curated set of apps and services for a flat monthly fee. I have personally subscribed to more than four streaming service, Kindle Unlimited, Magster, and many others. As a result, I end up paying a handsome sum as my monthly subscription charge. I often daydream about a single master subscription for all subscriptions!