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Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple Card explained

Apple just announced not one, not two or three,
but FOUR new services. Here’s the lowdown on Apple News+, Apple
Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple Card. These services may not have the sizzle of
a new iPhone, but by the end of this year, they’ll be a part of daily life for millions
of iPhone users. Of the four new services Apple revealed, only
one is available right now, and that’s Apple News+. Once you upgrade to iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4,
you’ll see a new “News+” tab. That’s where you subscribe, for $9.99 per
month. This includes Family Sharing at no extra cost,
which is a nice touch. So what do you get? How about the full content of over 300 magazines,
including Time, People, Popular Science, Car & Driver, GQ, Bon Appetit, and yes, Macworld
and PC World, too. A few even have fancy motion covers, and recent
issues automatically download for reading offline. It also includes some premium subscription-only
online content places like TechCrunch, Vulture, and The Skimm. Plus, you’ll find content from a couple
of prominent newspapers: The LA Times and the Wall Street Journal. This fall, Apple will launch a new gaming
subscription service called Apple Arcade. Unfortunately, we don’t have a ton of details
about it yet…you know, little things like how much it costs. But we do know it will include over 100 premium
games, which Apple says will not appear on any other mobile platform or in any other
subscription service. And none of them will have ads, or in-app
purchases. Once you subscribe, you get whole games with
all updates and never have to buy anything else. Apple promises that all the games will be
playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, and you’ll be able to switch devices
and pick up where you left off. But it is NOT a streaming service. You can download the games and play them offline. Family Sharing is included here, too. Still, we still don’t know exactly when
Apple Arcade will launch or what it will cost. Since Apple says it’s coming this fall,
it’s our guess that it will be part of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Also coming this fall is a new video service
called Apple TV+. This is not to be confused with a redesign
of the TV app that let you subscribe to other streaming services. THAT’S coming in May. Apple TV+ is a streaming service that’s
limited to Apple’s own original shows and movies. Now, Apple’s been spending HUGE money on
really big names for this, with everything from a new Amazing Stories series from Steven
Spielberg to The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. There’s also See, a post-apocalyptic drama
with Jason Momoa about a world hundreds of years after everyone lost their eyesight. And Little America, an immigrant anthology
series from Kumail Nanjiani. We even saw Big Bird introduce a series for
preschoolers called Helpsters. For all the star power at Apple’s event,
we still know very little about all these shows Apple is working on. And we don’t yet know how many will be available
when Apple TV+ launches this the fall, or how much the service will cost. Finally, the strangest new service Apple introduced
this week was… a credit card. Apple Card is essentially a MasterCard issued
by Goldman Sachs, exclusively for Apple, and it will be available this summer. You sign up for it directly on your iPhone,
and then the card is approved and added to Apple Pay account within minutes. So you can start using it right away. Apple gives you 2% cashback on purchases with
Apple Pay, and 3% cashback on any purchase from Apple, including Apple stores, iTunes,
and the App Store. That includes in-app purchases and services
like Apple Music or iCloud storage. You get this cash back daily, and it goes
directly toward your Apple Pay Cash balance, so you can immediately spend it with Apple
Pay or transfer it to your bank account. Now, we don’t have all the fine print for
the card just yet, we only know Apple promises that its interest rates will be “among the
lowest in the industry” and there are no fees at all. No annual fees, no cash advance fees, no international
fees, and no late fees. The other big part of the card is the phone
experience, which makes it easy to schedule payments, see exactly what you’re spending
your money on, calculate how much interest you’ll owe and so on. Apple’s really aiming to make everything
clear, easy, and transparent. If you want to use Apple Card at a store or
website doesn’t take Apple Pay, no problem. Apple will give you a slick, minimalist, TITANIUM
credit card with your name laser etched on it. As a security measure, it doesn’t have your
card number, CVV number, expiration date, or signature on it. If you need that info for online purchases,
it’ll be in your wallet app. But using the card only gives you 1% cash
back. So Apple really wants you to use Apple Pay. Apple really emphasizes privacy and security
with all these services. It promises not to track your info any more
than absolutely necessary to run the service, and it makes recommendations and stores details
on your device. Apple even promised that Goldman Sachs won’t
sell or share your credit card data. Other than Apple News+, none of these services
have launched yet. There are lots of details we don’t know
yet about how the other services will work and what they’ll cost. I’m sure we’ll learn more as they get
closer to release. But we can tell you that Apple is definitely
going big with services this year, and if you get really into them, it’s going to
make you really want to stick within the Apple ecosystem.

Reader Comments

  1. I don't get it why can't we Europeans use news app. I do speak English and would like to read foreign magazines that are not available here in any forms ?

  2. The reason that Canada has Universal healthcare is that Canada is full of intelligent, hard-working WHITE PEOPLE who generate lots of REVENUE, so they can afford it. The U.S. is full of stupid, lazy BROWN PEOPLE who generate nothing but CRIME AND POVERTY, so we can't afford it. Pay for your own healthcare you free-loading scum bags.idjx

  3. Four new services that you will eventually be charged for and will deliver less and less in the long run. But your bill will continue to go up for services you don’t want or need or are taken away from you in the future when it seams fit for them. But your bill will stay the same or go up. That’s how it works with these money sucking add-on businesses.

  4. Touch the screen, and it initiates a response from the device, *sending a *signal to your brain stimulating Dopamine response. Touchscreens are the #1 connection to the Largest Addiction* Epidemic in the World. The brain and body push the operator of electronic touchscreen devices to get their "fix"; just by a simple touch of the screen.?

  5. Oh God… America, so sad you are living a "life" bound by these useless stuff… So sad. Slaves of these "cool stuff".

  6. NOTHING!!! Absolutely NOTHING! about mine, and I guess Elon Musks's, most anticipated Apple TV+ tv-series; Isaac Asimov's "Foundation". Really, really disappointed that they couldn't at least have shown a teaser trailer. I hope this does not mean that we will have to wait until 2020 before watching the premiere episode of this long-long-long time awaited epic series???

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