23 October 2020
UPDATE (October 19th, 2020):
Apple has reportedly extended the one-year free Apple TV+ subscription for three more months. Some of the users have reported receiving an email from Apple alerting them about the free extension. It is unknown whether Apple is doing so for all the users or only a few select ones. It is said that the trial is getting extended automatically with no steps required from the side of the user.
Original (September 13th, 2019)
Earlier this week, Apple announced crucial details related to Apple TV Plus streaming service. The most important bit of information is that the service will be available for users from November 1st and will cost only $4.99 per month. This is almost half of what many of the other major players are charging which makes it a tempting proposition.
If this was not enough to try out the service, Apple TV Plus not only comes with a one-week free trial but also offers free 1-year subscription if you buy a new Apple device. This device can be anything that Apple makes which means you can choose to buy a new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV or a Mac. It does not even have to be a current-gen model and you can even get any of the previous generation models that Apple is still selling.
Since Apple TV Plus supports family sharing, your free one-year subscription can also be availed by up to six family members using their own Apple ID and password. It means all of you will not have to use the same Apple ID which is a good thing as not everyone might be okay with sharing account details. But if you were thinking of enjoying free Apple TV Plus for years by buying new Apple device for your family members, you should continue reading.
The official Apple TV Plus support page has been updated to reflect a piece of very crucial information. It shows that free one-year subscription to Apple TV Plus can only be availed once per family. It means if you are buying different Apple products for different family members, only one of those devices can be used to avail the subscription for everyone in the family. Now you know the fine details of the free subscription offer, you can plan how to avail it accordingly.