Monday, 18 February, 2019

Apple to announce a new subscription-focused service on March 25th

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Charles Bowen | 13 February, 2019, 23:22

Apart from these two, Apple is also rumored to launch the new iPad models, which will comprise of up two variants targeted towards the budget-friendly crowd that doesn't want to splurge a large amount of cash on the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.

Publishers are threatening to revolt against Apple's planned subscription news service before it has even got off the ground in anger at the proposed financial terms stipulated by the technology firm.

That may suggest the company is expecting this new subscription service to be a hit among customers. One of them is going to be the successor to Apple's first-generation AirPods, dubbed the AirPods 2, along with the AirPower wireless charging mat, which was teased during the iPhone X launch that happened back in 2017. Yesterday, Buzzfeed News reported the company was holding this event to introduce a subscription news product, but it also seems like the timing would work to introduce its video subscription service as well.

Apple will reportedly host a March 25th event at The Steve Jobs Theatre in its Apple Park campus where it's expected to unveil its rumoured subscription news service. So if you've been waiting for the new iPad & iPad Mini, new iPod, and second-gen AirPods, you'll probably need to wait a little longer. Compared to online newspaper subscriptions and well known news sites, the cost is not unreasonable, especially by Apple's pricing standards. Apple's TV app now can't see any content from Netflix, and it sounds like Netflix won't integrate with Apple's new service as well.

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Apple, for its part, has not commented on the claims. Indeed, there was a previous rumor that said Apple would offer up a big bundle for its News and original content streaming efforts, so an event could be a way to promote all of it at once.

Given this sort of precedent, it's understandable why many publishers may have an issue with handing over half their revenue to Apple in exchange for a negligible bump in overall income.

So, circle that date on the calendar with a pencil just in case.

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