Apple has launched new subscription-based video, news and gaming services at its special event. The gaming subscription service is called Apple Arcade. It would let people download games directly from the new Arcade tab in the Apple Store. Apple TV+ will be a video streaming service complemented by the new and upgraded Apple TV app. The Apple News+ service will have access to over 300 magazines and more.
Apple TV+: features and price
The Apple TV+ will launch around the globe and the company is looking forward to introducing its original content as well. This means that the Apple TV+ will be a competitor to video streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime. A humongous figure of $2B has reportedly been invested to produce diverse original content for viewers. It will be ad-free once customers subscribe to it and will recommend content according to user behaviour. Consumers would be able to download it on any compatible device as well.
Additionally, the integration with Apple TV app would let the users watch TV programs and the content produced by the video streaming giants. Amazon Prime and Hulu have agreed to let Apple TV show their content along with Apple TV+ original shows. On the other hand, Netflix has reportedly turned down the offer. The upgraded Apple TV app will also have an integration with Siri through which one can subscribe to a channel and buy a movie without operating the app physically. The app will be compatible with Apple TV 4K, iPads, iPhones, iMac devices, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku and smart televisions of Samsung, Sony, LG and more.
On the price front, nothing has been disclosed by the Cupertino giant yet. However, we do know that it will launch in India in the fall season of 2019.
Apple News+: features and price
The Apple News+ subscription has been integrated into the News app. Along with bringing 300 news magazines, the app will recommend new magazines to consumers on the basis of relevant articles. People can download and read content offline from prestigious publications. Magazines like Vogue, Billboard, Time, National Geographic, Popular Science and publications like The Wall Street Journal and LA Times are included. Interestingly, Apple News+ will not let advertisers know anything about the user behaviour while the News app will have a featured image cover and a video cover for each magazine.
The subscription can be bought at a price of $9.99 which converts to Rs 700 (approx). A family of six people can share the subscription without any hidden extra cost. The service is available for USA and Canada in English and French languages. The News app can be accessed from iOS and MacOS, as confirmed by the company. The global launch of the service is expected to be in the latter part of 2019.
Apple Arcade: features and price
The Apple Arcade subscription is linked to the App Store where a tab would give the users access to over 100 games. More games are to be added in the coming days and would be compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Users would be able to pick where they left off the last time on any device. These games would only be available on Apple Arcade subscription and interestingly, these will not need an internet connection to run. On top of it, all these games would be ad-free and would come without any in-app purchases.
For concerned parents, Apple has made sure that the Screen Time feature helps them restrict the time their children spend on these games. The Apple Arcade will not track user activity and would come with curated recommendations from special editors. Currently, there are over 300,000 games available on the Apple App Store according to the company. Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO etc will be a part of this special gaming subscription. On the price front, we do not know much. The subscription will be available from the fall season and users can sign up for it without hidden costs.
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