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Apple announces new services on Monday

2019-03-25 18:28 by
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During a press conference at the Steve Jobs theater in Cupertino on Monday, Apple announced several new services, including TV streaming, gaming, payment and news.

Two streaming TV services were revealed. The first is called Apple TV Channels and will offer a bundle of content from popular services such as HBO and Showtime and make it easy to access those alongside existing content you might already have through a cable TV subscription. The second service called Apple TV+ which includes original content created by Apple and its partners. Apple TV+ will launch this fall, but Apple did not say how much it will cost.

The Cupertino company is moving deeper into online gaming, by offering a gaming subscription service through its App Store called Apple Arcade.

"With a single subscription you'll get access to over 100 new and exclusive games," Ann Thai, senior product manager for the App Store, said during an event at Apple's Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. "You won't find these games on any other mobile platform or any other subscription service."

Apple also revealed its new Apple News Plus service, which adds magazines to the Apple News app. The emphasis is on curation, high quality, and trust, all of which Apple considers essential for a news and magazine consumption app. There will be over 300 magazines, such as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Men's Health, and Vogue, and Apple News Plus will be "the only place" where you'll be able to get all of them at once.

Apple announced that it's partnering with Goldamn Sachs to offer the Apple Card credit card, with payment services handled by Mastercard. Most of the time, you won't be using a physical card to make your purchases but rather everything is handled through the Apple Pay app and the Apple Wallet. Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey announced today that when you sign up for Apple Card (which is done on your iPhone), it'll be available to use wihin a few minutes through Apple Pay.

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