What to expect from Apple's March 25 event: Premium news, gaming, and video services
A news subscription service
The new service, dubbed "Netflix for news" by the media, will be launched as part of the existing Apple News app. This would eliminate the potential drawback of releasing a separate app that would have to establish itself from scratch as Apple News is already openly available on any iPhone or iPad.
A video subscription service
Aside from reportedly coming up with a "Netflix for news", Apple is rumored to come up with a Netflix for... movies and TV shows of its own. In line with what we've previously heard on the topic, Apple is the latest media giant that wants to take a slice of the video subscription market. Aside from offering a slew of original TV shows & movies, Apple's has reportedly struck accords with Starz, Showtime, and Viacom for redistribution of their content, but no such deals have been struck with HBO and Netflix, meaning you likely won't be able to binge The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, or Narcos on Apple's video service. Pricing is expected to undercut both HBO Now and Netflix.
Some of Apple's purported original shows include an Oprah Winfrey flick, a multi-series climate change documentary, and a reboot of Stephen Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Doesn't sound particularly jaw-dropping right now, but we'll see how this cookie crumbles sometime in April or May when the service is allegedly going live.
evealed by five anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the new service would function largely like a “Netflix for games” by giving consumers access to a specific number of titles if they choose to pay a monthly fee.
With Apple silently announcing a slew of updates to the iPad lineup, dropping a new iMac, and refreshing the AirPods with a fancy wireless charging case, we don't really expect any other new hardware to be announced at the upcoming event. This tells us one thing - Apple is essentially telling us that it would want all the attention at its event to be centered on the aforementioned services, downplaying our expectations for new hardware. On its own, this somehow makes the event that much more interesting.
As we know more, so will you.