Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings

Mar 27, 2019, 00:33
Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings

Following Arcade and News+, the company announced a new service that has been rumored and anticipated for many months now - Apple's brand new TV Streaming service, was finally unveiled in the form of Apple TV+. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston teased their upcoming series The Morning Show, along with co-star Steve Carell.

Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. In addition, Apple is moving the purchase of films and series via the iTunes Store to Apple TV and is making the Apple TV app available on smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG, and the set-top boxes Roku and Fire TV.

Apple will launch a streaming service, but the announcement as to what the service is, how much it will cost and how it will operate won't be coming until later this year.

There will be Apple's long-expected launch of a streaming TV service to compete against incumbent giants like Netflix.

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The service will include existing iOS games curated by Apple, as well as new exclusive content Apple showed some of at last night's event.

The collection of games will be available across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV and won't appear on any other platform - including Android.

Apple already owns a few original shows, including "Planet of the Apps" and James Cordon's "Carpool Karaoke: The Series", which are now available as part of an Apple Music subscription. But while numerous big names attached to Apple's video efforts were known beforehand, one significant detail wasn't: How are you actually going to watch any of this? It will also become the home to the hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows that are now up for grabs in the iTunes store.

Jason Momoa (L) and Alfre Woodard at the event. So you'll get a hand-picked collection of titles that will be "all-you-can-play".

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"We're committed to supporting quality journalism, and with Apple News+, we want to celebrate the great work being done by magazines and news outlets", says Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. It will include roughly 100 games with more being rotated regularly, and the list of publishers includes lots of recognizable names.

The deposits are made daily, and the reward goes up to 3 cent for purchases of Apple products and down to 1 per cent for purchases made with the physical card.Every purchase needs a fingerprint or face-identification confirmation.

The company also said it is launching a MasterCard credit card called Apple Card.

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