One of the biggest events this year – Apple’s March event – has passed and we are ready to sum up what novelties the company brought along. We have already talked about products that Apple has already launched and will present this year, so now we will discuss new subscription services. Are you all set? If so, let’s dive in.
Apple News Plus
The service is considered to be “Netflix for news” where you have access to 300 magazines, digital and traditional ones, like The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. They will be displayed in a form of “Live Cover” animating the covers to look more attractively. Furthermore, underneath the covers you can find interesting content, the service may even recommend some articles. The newly released issues can be downloaded automatically for offline reading.
The user should not be afraid of ads as they literally cannot track what he/she is reading. The subscription is already available for the US and Canada and costs only $9.99 (family sharing included). The first month is free.
Apple TV Channels
Apple has presented its own TV where people can sign for a bunch of TV channels, like HBO, Showtime, Starz, PBS, and others. From now own you can pay for just one channel, not use third-party apps and buy large packages from cable companies. The TV Channels will be available this May, while the app is going to come to the Mac in autumn. The company assured that more than 100 countries would support it, though no specific dates were named.
Apple did not announce prices on the channels, however, according to the report of The Wall Street Journal, the prices for HBO, Showtime, Starz channels will be $9.99 per each.
Apple TV Plus
Besides TV Channels, Apple offers its users an original content – Plus package, where a range of famous actors, presenters will host their shows, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Jason Momoa, Steve Carell, Alfre Woodard, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, and Kumail Nanjiani. The company did not share many details, they are likely to appear in the fall.
iPhone has never been considered as a powerful gaming device, thus the company figured a way out by launching a gaming subscription service Apple Arcade. The user can subscribe to games that are available through the App Store, the amount exceeds 100 of games that are exclusive to iOS. The fee and release date was not mentioned.
The icing on the cake has become an Apple Card. The card can be directly applied on the phone and be stored on the Wallet App, it helps the user to track the purchases, payment days and others. Apple Card is a secure card, there is neither credit card number, nor CWW, nor signature, though you can generate them if you want.
The service will be backed by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard which offer you a 2 percent cash back reward paid daily into Apple Pay account. The card can be also issued as a physical one, and it should be accepted wherever Mastercard is. The Apple Card will be available this summer.
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