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Apple unveils suite of services for gaming, TV and news: Highlights

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 25: Roger Rosner, vice president of applications at Apple Inc., speaks during a company product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. announced the launch of it's new video streaming service, and unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app.
CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 25: Roger Rosner, vice president of applications at Apple Inc., speaks during a company product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. announced the launch of it's new video streaming service, and unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app. (AFP)

Apple on Monday announced its new and updated services. The iPhone maker launched new subscription services for magazines, gaming, and original programming.Apple News+ is the new platform for magazine subscription. Apple will offer over 300 magazines to users with the latest issues, personalised tabs and recommended content. Apple News+ will be available at $999 with the first month free for users.Apple’s gaming service is called Apple Arcade and it will be available within the App Store. Apple Arcade will host new and exclusive games with offline playing and no ads. Apple’s biggest announcement was its streaming service, Apple TV+. Apple will offer original programming from Hollywood stars like Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa and more.Apple TV+ will be available later this fall, and as part of the new and updated Apple TV app.

That’s all

Apple today launched a host of new services including upgrading the existing ones with new subscription model. Apple introduced Arcade, Apple TV Plus and Apple News Plus services.

More details about Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will be an on-demand service with support for offline viewing. Apple TV+ will be rolled out later this year. The company hasn’t announced pricing of the new service.

More stars

Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell take the stage to talk about their new project on Apple TV Plus platform. Jason Momoa is also here.

Star-studded

Apple gets Hollywood A-listers for its new Apple TV+ service. As rumoured earlier, Apple's new platform is backed by M Night Shyamalan and Reese Witherspoon among others. JJ Abrams also features in the video montage.

Apple TV+

Apple formally launches premium subscription-based Apple TV Plus.

Cross-platform

Apple TV will be available to more platforms including smart TVs from Samsung and other companies.

Smart recommendations

Apple TV also suggests shows to watch. The platform comes with new interface for easier navigation. Apple calls the new platform “Apple TV Channels.”

All new Apple TV app

Apple’s new Apple TV app gives access to all on-demand content. It comes with content from TV channels, HBO, Starz, ShowTime and sports. It will also feature iTunes movies.

Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade for gamers announced. Apple says its first gaming subscription service for mobile and desktop users. The service will give access to games from SEGA, Lego, Disney and more. Just like Apple News+, it will be available as a dedicated section. Apple Arcade also supports offline mode.

App Store for games

Apple to update App Store. The update focuses on gaming enthusiasts. Apple says its iOS has over 1 billion players.

Apple Card

Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (REUTERS)

Apple launches special Apple Card credit card. The new card uses Apple Pay and comes with several cashback offers. The card supports Mastercard as well. Apple says its partner Goldman Sachs will not share your data for marketing and advertising. Apple’s Titanium Card doesn’t have card number, CVV security code, no expiration date and no signature. The card will be available in the US later this year.

Apple News+: Price, availability

Apple News+ is available for $9.99 per month. The first month is available for free. The service will be initially available in the US and Canada. The platform will be rolled out to Europe and Australia later this year. Interestingly enough, India and Asian markets are not mentioned for Apple News+.

Privacy on Apple News+

Apple says the platform doesn’t allow websites to track your usage. It also uses on-device intelligence for recommendations.

More on Apple News+

The platform features content from about 300 magazines and covers categories like food, travel and entertainment. Apple News+ is a dedicated section within the free Apple News application. The UI looks quite neat with elements like Live Cover images and Kindle-like pages. Articles shown in the demo seem visually rich with infographics and bigger fonts. It also features recommendations based on your interests. The platform also includes content from digital apps and newspapers such as TechCrunch, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal.

Apple News+

Apple News gets a big makeover. Tim Cook says Apple News is the top News app in the world. The revamped platform is more like a newsstand with access to top magazines. The latest platform is called Apple News+.