Free Apple TV+ trials extended until July

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Your free Apple TV+ trial just got even sweeter.
Your free Apple TV+ trial just got even sweeter.
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Apple just added up to five months to current Apple TV+ free trials. If your free access to the streaming video service was about to expire, it’s instead been extended until the end of June.

And Apple is giving monthly rebates to those who paid for an annual subscription.

Apple hasn’t made an official announcement of the change, but it was confirmed by TechCrunch.

There’s no word on why. But the extension might give the service time to finish rolling out the second seasons of its original slate of programs from autumn 2019. These likely would have been out already, but the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production for months.

Season two of Dickinson and Servant premiered this month, but the next season of For All Mankind won’t touch down till February. And there’s no word yet on when new episodes of See or The Morning Show will arrive, though their second seasons are in production.

More free Apple TV+

When Apple TV+ debuted in November 2019, Apple gave a free year-long subscription to anyone who’d recently bought a Mac, iPad or iPhone. That first wave of free subscriptions would have expired several months ago, but they were extended through the end of January 2021.

And now they’ve been further extended through the end of June. Expect to get an email from Apple to that effect in the near future. This means the initial 12-month free trial people received in 2019 will actually last 20 months.

Those who paid for an annual Apple TV+ subscription will get the monthly subscription fee refunded for February, March, April, May and June. Refunds will come in the form of a $4.99 per month App Store credit, not cash.