Apple, the company behind iPhone, Macbook, and many more, just reintroduced itself to the world as it launched different services that will be available starting this year.
During the Apple event held at the Steve Jobs Theater in California on Monday, March 25, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Hollywood celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey, announced the company’s newest services and products such as video-streaming platform, a credit card, and news subscription service, among others.
Here’s the recap of the services that you need to check out:
Apple TV Channels
Apple is updating its existing TV app and allowing users to sign into various cable and streaming subscription services. Dubbed as the Apple TV Channels, subscribers can now choose which channels they’d like to subscribe to and pay per channel instead of a traditional, large package from cable companies.
Channels included are HBO, PBS, Showtime, CBS, Acorn TV, Tastemade, MTV, and many more. The new version will roll out as a software update in May and as a new app on Macs in the fall.
Aside from the new Apple TV Channels, the tech giant also announced its venture into the video-streaming market with the Apple TV+. It is a paid and ad-free portal for the company’s own lineup of films and TV shows that will be available via an updated version of the company’s TV app on Apple devices.
Apple’s new shows include docu-series from Oprah, a show called See starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, anthology series entitled Amazing Stories produced by Steven Spielberg, and many more.
Over 300 magazines will be added to the new Apple News+. With this app, subscribers can access magazines and other digital and traditional news partners like The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times for $9.99 (P524).
It also displays magazines with a new “Live Cover” presentation, animated covers for an interactive look. Apple also noted that the app would not allow advertisers to track readers so you won’t receive targeted ads based on stories you click on.
An ad-free subscription gaming service called Apple Arcade will roll out this year. It will let users to access games exclusive or new to Apple.
Subscription fee and other important details are to be announced, but it will include access to more than 100 games that are exclusive to iOS. You can also play games offline and across Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.
Backed by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, Apple introduced the new Apple Card that can track spending across devices and pay daily cash back on purchases. It will be available on all iOS devices in the Wallet app and it has a rewards system that adds 2% of any Apple Pay purchase amount directly back to the Apple wallet as cash.
An optional laser-etched titanium rectangle physical card is available, but it doesn’t have the expiration date, card number, or security code on the card because you can only access these info only in the app. Cook also revealed that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of the 2019.
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