Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s New Services

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 58 Comments

Apple’s big Services-focused event just ended, and you probably just want to know exactly what they are all about. The company announced a bunch of new services. Here are the details:

Apple TV+

This is the company’s new video streaming service that will compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video:

  • What It Is: Apple’s new video streaming service will come with Apple’s own original content, as well as content from third-parties through a “channels” feature.
  • Original Shows: At launch, Apple is announcing: Oprah’s Toxic Labor and yet another multi-part story focusing on mental health, Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, The Morning Show starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, Steven Knight’s See starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, Kumail Nanjiani’s Little America, Sesame Street’s Helpsters (for kids), and JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice.
  • TV Channels: HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits
  • Availability: The new service will be available through the newly redesigned Apple TV apps on Apple devices, and the company is working with third-party companies like smart TV makers to bring the service to your TVs and other non-Apple devices. Apple TV+ will be available in 100+ countries this Fall. As for Apple TV Channels, they will launch this May.
  • Pricing: Pricing details for Apple TV+ is yet to be revealed.

Apple News+

And then there is the magazine/news subscription service:

  • What It Is: Apple’s new news subscription service Apple News Plus gives you access to magazines and news publishers for a monthly subscription. The service is built on Texture, a digital magazine service Apple acquired back in 2018.
  • Availability: The new service will be available through the Apple News apps on Apple devices, and Apple isn’t talking about whether the service will be made available outside of its own devices. It launches in the United States and Canada today and coming to Europe (starting with the UK) and Australia later in the year.
  • Pricing: The service will cost $9.99 a month, giving you access to around 300 magazines. It works with Family Sharing, so you just have to pay once and all your family members will get access to the same magazines and news publishers.
  • Publishers: At launch, Apple is announcing some big name publishers that will be available through the news subscription service: theSkimm, TechCrunch, The Cut, Los Angeles Times, The Star, and The Wall Street Journal.

Apple Arcade

Here’s the new game subscription service from Apple:

  • What It Is: a monthly subscription that gives you access to 100+ new and exclusive games across all of Apple’s devices
  • Availability: Available this Fall in 150+ countries.
  • Pricing: Unkown for now.
  • Everything Else: It will have a dedicated tab on the App Store, and have a pick-up-where-you-left-off feature that lets you play games across all your devices.

Apple Card

Apple is also getting into the finance industry with a new credit card today:

  • What It Is: a credit card built in partnership with Goldman Sachs that is deeply integrated into the iPhone
  • Features:
    • No fees
    • Daily Cash that lets you get cashback on your daily spending. You get 2% of your purchase amount every day you spend with Apple Pay, and 3% for spending directly on Apple products.
    • Includes machine learning features that help you track spending and spend money wisely
    • A physical titanium card with no card number, no CVV code, no signature, no expiry date. Just your name and an Apple logo.
  • Availability: Available later this summer in the United States

Aaaaand that’s about it. No AirPower.

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