New leak details what to expect from Apple during tomorrow's press event

New leak details what to expect from Apple during tomorrow's press event
Tomorrow, Apple will hold a press event during which it is expected to introduce a news subscription service, a video streaming service, and possibly a game subscription service. Today, the Wall Street Journal leaked out exactly what we will see from Apple tomorrow. The bottom line is that Apple sees the writing on the wall; iPhone sales are struggling as revenue attributable to the device declined 15% year-over-year during the company's first fiscal quarter of 2019, which included the holiday shopping season.

While it might not have announced it to the world, internally Apple must have seen this slowdown coming. Over the last year, Apple has set a goal of doubling its services revenue from $25 billion in 2016 to $50 billion by 2020. During the aforementioned fiscal first quarter, the tech giant took in nearly $11 billion in such revenue. The services unit is Apple's second largest in terms of revenue, and is its most profitable. With 1.4 billion active iPhone users around the world (says Bloomberg), such businesses as Apple Pay, AppleCare+, App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and the new subscription services to be announced tomorrow will go a long way in helping Apple transition from the iPhone era to whatever the next big thing is.

Tomorrow, Apple will unveil its new video service that it expects to offer in over 100 markets worldwide. This service will combine Apple's original programming, on which it spent over $1 billion, with programming from other networks. Some clips from its original programming will be shown at tomorrow's event. While Apple originally said that the service would be free to those owning Apple devices, that might no longer be the case. What the company will charge for its own shows is unknown at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Journal's report notes that the original series will be available via a new TV app that will also allow users to subscribe to Starz, Showtime and HBO for $9.99 each per month. The idea is to make this new app, which internally Apple's has called "the Netflix killer," a one-stop shop for television viewers. It isn't a traditional move for Apple, but those close to the company say that the new video service will be offered on multiple platforms including Roku and some smart TV brands. These names could be announced tomorrow.


A bit over a year ago, Apple purchased Texture for an unknown amount. The app charges a monthly rate to subscribers, allowing them to peruse over 200 magazines online. A month after the acquisition there was qlready talk about Apple using its new purchase to launch a more broader subscription news service. And tomorrow, Apple is widely expected to launch a revised Apple News app that will include a premium level of service priced at $9.99 a month. The Journal says that over 200 magazines will be available.

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The business paper reported on its own participation in the service, saying that it will feature more general news rather than the dry business reports that the paper is known for. It should be noted that a digital subscription to the Journal normally costs $39 a month, so subscribers to the premium tier of Apple News are getting a bargain here. Dow Jones will be hiring more reporters just to give Apple News members access to more news stories. People familiar with the service say that Apple will split revenues 50-50 with publishers. But as Business Insider pointed out last week, the service might be lucky to grab as many as 2 million subscribers initially.

Earlier today, we told you that tomorrow, Apple might also be introducing a monthly subscription service for gamers. Those familiar with Apple's plans say that the company will take a cut of revenue and then distribute the rest to developers based on how long each game is played for. However, we should point out that the Journal had no mention of this in its story.

Apple's event tomorrow will be held in the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's Cupertino campus. It will kickoff at 10am PDT (1pm EDT), and you can check in right here at PhoneArena for all of the news and analysis related to Apple's announcements.

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9 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

We should know within 12-13 hours

2. Xboxsucks69

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Netflix killer lol, apple barking up the wrong tree. Netflix are light years ahead

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

A lot of people have been moving away from netflix, including me. Their content is garbage especially for kids..

4. eausa

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Riiiight. Speak for yourself :)

5. Tech-shake

Posts: 207; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I think we will all remeber this moment as the moment Apple lost their stand on the market. The shift towards consumer services is stupid and will generally lead Apple to its demise. Unlike hardware or even services such as Microsoft’s, Netflix style services as so easy to leave whenever the consumer wants. There is no real attachment to the thing and once the services doesn’t have your favorite show you can just leave. I personally do that every time my show reaches its end I unsubscribe from Netflix and resubscribe again when it comes back. There is also the no real attachment factor, iPhone are personal devices when I look somewhere else I remeber I have invested a lot of money into apps which if I leave they will just disappear, there is no equivalent attachment in services I leave whenever I want losing nothing!

7. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

Look up the definition of demise and ask yourself if you really believe that where Apple is headed....your comment has a lot of I, as in you yourself don't agree with what they're doing so they're going to fail

8. Tech-shake

Posts: 207; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Tim Cook is trying to rebrand Apple as a services provider instead of a hardware company. Ever since the iphone started losing ground, all Tim likes to talk about is how they will shift focus to services. Apple prides itself on being a walled garden that you can't escape. can you please tell me how to make an equivalent walled garden with services? With hardware you have a personal connection to the thing, you have invested money into apps, your loved ones are on imessage, and there are many other reasons to prevent from switching to another company. Hence, it is not easy to leave hardware even if you don't like it; on software it is on click an you are over.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple is not a walled garden, it is a protected universe (inside a garden one can only smell the flowers, inside an universe the possibilities are limitless). But you talked about iMessage; that is an example of service Apple users will not give up easily.

6. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"With 1.4 billion active iPhone users around the world (says Bloomberg)" Usual Alan F spin. It's 1.4 billion active devices not 1.4 billion active iPhones. An active device is any Apple device which pings a Apple server once a month and includes iPhone, Macs, iPod, iPad, watch etc. The Bloomberg article even states "active devices" but as usual Alan Friedman likes to twist the facts.

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