Apple TV+ may allow episodes to be downloaded and watched offline

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Tim Cook talks up the potential of Apple TV+ to change the world.
Apple TV+ might allow subscribers to take a few shows with them offline.
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When it debuts this fall, Apple’s streaming video service will reportedly let viewers download episodes of shows to be watched without taking up their mobile data. Or even viewed when completely offline.

It’s not surprising — many rival services offer this capability. Today’s unconfirmed report is just evidence that Apple TV+ will have this feature too.

Take Apple TV+ with you

Apple’s upcoming service will allow users to watch the original content the company is reportedly spending as much as $6 billion to create. This can be streamed to Apple TVs, Macs, iPhones and iPads, but the service will also supposedly allow users to store some number of episodes to be watched offline.

The beta code for macOS Catalina contains the message “You have reached your limit of [preset number of] downloads,” according to MacRumors.

There’s also reportedly messages that warn users when they reached their maximum number of concurrent streams. Exactly how many this this will be isn’t clear.

Apple TV+ coming this fall

At a big press event in the spring, Apple talked about high-the profile shows like Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories that are coming to its streaming service. And Jason Momoa will head up See, a sci-fi epic world-building drama in which everyone in the world is blind.

There are dozens more in production, though an unconfirmed report from earlier today says it will debut this November with just five shows.

Apple TV+ could start at $9.99 for a month’s subscription, slightly more than a $9 Netflix Basic account.