Everything Apple Announced At 'Show Time' Event
Dhir Acharya - Mar 26, 2019, 7:11 am IST
Last week, Apple announced its hardware, new AirPods, new iMacs, and a new iPad. But the event last night was a different party.
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During the two-hour Show Time event, the company announced a series of new things with the main focus on its new premium media subscription. If you missed the event, that’s alright, you can check out all the highlights here.
The company has upgraded its news service to a new level with Apple News+. With a monthly $10 subscription fee, users can access to over 300 magazines, including both past and current issues, as well as digital subscriptions namely Wall Street Journal, Wired, Rolling Stone, Vogue, People, and Extra TechCrunch.
The company is developing a subscription video service that is ad-free. On this service, users can enjoy a ton of brand new Apple’s original content produced by well-known names such as Jason Momoa, Oprah, JJ Abrams, Steve Carell, Kumail Nanjiani, Steven Spielberg, etc.
Users can also subscribe to and enjoy other add-on services, through the app, like CBS All Access, Stars, Showtime, and HBO. The app is supported on macOS, iOS, and especially smart TVs (first Samsung, and later LG, Sony, Vizio). Subscribers of Apple TV+ can also enjoy the content on Amazon’s Fire Tv and Roku’s hardware. The price or subscription fee, however, was not revealed.
This is another ad-free service, with which users can play all games on macOS, iOS, and tvOS. According to the Cupertino-based company, there will be more than 100 games at the time of service launch. The games would be from big names such as LEGO, Konami, and Disney. The service will launch across 150 regions this fall. The price for Apple Arcade, once again, was not revealed.
Apple Credit Card
Yes, the iPhone maker is also a credit card maker now. The company said it will exist as a virtual card as well as a physical titanium card. There’s no annual fees or late fees. Notably, there are no numbers printed or engraved on Apple’s card, no CVV, no expiration date, no signature.
In case a merchant requires that information, users can completely pull it up from the Wallet app. The card works with dynamic, one-time use security codes that according to TC’s Zack Whittaker, much better prevent thefts.
Apple Pay on transit systems
Later in 2019, users of Apple Pay will be able to enjoy the service in several major cities in the US, including New York City, Chicago, and Portland.