Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Apple confirms March event, video streaming service launch likely

Apple confirms March event, video streaming service launch likely

Apple is expected to use the event to unveil its rumored Apple News service and a streaming TV service. Apple often launches products and services in the weeks following an event. This certainly means that the company would be launching its much-rumoured subscription services for video and news.

Currently, Apple sells two types of iPads, including the more affordable $329 model that doesn't come with a brand new design or Face ID support, and the iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and packs all those features. It would be competing directly with the widely popular services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.

Apple is also in discussions with HBO, part of AT&T Inc-owned WarnerMedia, to become part of the service and it could yet make it in time for the launch, according to a person familiar with the matter. It also has deals in place with directors M Night Shyamalan, JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg.

It was heavily speculated that this event will witness the launch of Apple News subscription service. The company has partnered with several publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Rumors suggest that Apple will pitch its video and magazine services as separate entities with separate prices, but it could offer a bundle that offers, say, both services and an Apple Music sub at a cheaper price. As of now, it is still unclear which publishers are onboard Apple's premium News service offering as its 50 percent revenue split demand has left.

The invite does not give any hint on any hardware that were expected to be released during the event. But an iPad with a 10.5-inch screen would probably have a design similar to the 2017 iPad Pros. Apple has also refreshed its lineup previously during its events held in spring.

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