Apple made a slew of announcements in its services business, including a paid video subscription service called Apple TV+ and a premium magazine and news subscription service called Apple News+. Apple is also working on a premium gaming service called Apple Arcade as well as a credit card. Here’s a quick look at everything that Apple announced at its March 2019 event.
Apple TV+ video subscription service
Release date: Fall 2019
Apple TV+ is an original video streaming service that will feature exclusive content, including television series, movies and documentaries featuring the top names in the industry. Prominent names from Oprah Winfrey to Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston and M Night Shyamalan are all on board to create shows for the new platform.
While the service will come to iOS, macOS and tvOS this faill, with Apple opening up the Apple TV app for smart TVs from brands like Samsung, LG, VIZIO and Sony along with Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku, the service is going to have wide audience.
Apple, however, did not show trailers for any of these upcoming shows, which hints that most of these are still a work in progress. The video subscription service will be ad-free and coming to 100+ countries by fall 2019.
Price: $9.99 per month
Release date: Available now in US, Canada
Apple News+ is the paid news subscription service from the company, which focuses on giving access to magazine subscriptions and top news publishers at a fixed price. The News service will cost $9.99 per month, though it is limited to US and Canada markets for now.
The subscription service will have close to 300 magazines and paid news subscription from players like Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and LA Times. Users will be able to download the entire magazine and view it in offline mode as well. Apple also said that they will not track what the user is reading nor will they allow advertisers to do the same with the new app.
Release date: Summer 2019
Limited to US market
Apple Card is a new credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and relies on the Mastercard payments network. The Apple Card gets added to a user’s Wallet app on the iPhone or iPad.
Apple says it will not charge customers any fees for the credit card, and there will be no hidden payments like annual fee, etc. A user in the US will be available to register for this Apple Card instantly, which will be added to their Wallet account. They will also have the option of getting a physical titanium card, which will have no details like CVV number or card number, but only the name of the user printed on it.
With the Apple Card, users will get daily cashback every time they use it for a purchase. There will be no limit on the amount of daily cash a user gets. The Wallet app will let users see the interest on this credit card in real-time along with daily spends, payment dates, etc.
While Tim Cook confirmed that Apple Pay will become available in more than 40+ countries by the end of the year, it is not clear if India will get the service or not. Apple Card is limited to the US for now.
Release date: Fall 2019
Apple Arcade is a paid subscription service for games, which will come in fall 2019. Apple will add a dedicated Arcade tab in the App Store, where users will get access to paid games. Apple Arcade is limited to just the company’s devices, which includes iOS, macOS and tvOS.
Games under the Apple Arcade system are handpicked by Apple, and these will be exclusive titles for this service. Users will be able to download any game with their paid subscription and play it even if one is offline.
Apple Arcade will give users access to all the features of the game, there will be no need for in-app purchases. There will be no ads in games either. The gaming subscription will be made available in over 150+ countries by fall of 2019. India is expected to get this service.
Disclaimer: The author is in San Jose at the invite of Apple India