Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Apple Expected to Reveal News Subscription Service

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Freda Brock | 13 February, 2019, 23:26

The event will instead be services focused, with the company's new Apple News-powered subscription platform being the focal point, according to the publication.

Apple News is a service for Apple devices that delivers current news curated by editors with some level of personalization. Compared to online newspaper subscriptions and well known news sites, the cost is not unreasonable, especially by Apple's pricing standards.

It was previously rumored that Apple would debut new Apple AirPods 2 wireless earbuds in March, but that may no longer be the case.

That's according to BuzzFeed News, which cites sources who say the event will be held at the new Steve Jobs Theatre on the recently-completed Apple Park campus in California.

Major publishers aren't too happy about Apple's proposed financial terms for its subscription news service, according to a Tuesday report by The Wall Street Journal.

It is worth noting that the report does suggest the company may change its plans if it can't nail down negotiations with publishers.

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Apple has talked with publishers including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, but they (and others) have concerns about Apple's terms. The colors in which the new products will be launched are the same White and Black. Apple would also not provide customer data to publishers, including credit card info and email addresses. It's also possible that new iPads, AirPods and AirPower could be released at WWDC '19 or via press release.

It's unclear at this time how much Apple will charge for its anticipated paid news subscription, but sources have claimed that it would sit around $10/month.

On the other hand, you probably shouldn't expect any physical products to be unveiled at the event.

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are both services with a similar offering, letting subscribers customize their package by adding additional premium channels to the video catalog each offers.

We've asked Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.

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