Daily Apple News: New credit card, news and gaming subscription services, redesigned Apple TV app with Apple TV+, and more
We’re back with some of the latest and most significant news form the world of Apple. Much of today’s installment of news covers the announcements made by Apple at its March 25 event. So, sit back, relax and read on!
The big day for Apple finally arrived and set the stage for a number of software and service-related announcements. The rumored Apple Credit Card has been officially announced. To make this possible Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs.
The Apple Card is an easy to use digital card which users can avail of simply by singing up from their iPhones. The company claims that it takes just a few minutes to get everything started and ready for use.
Once it’s all set up, users can make use of this credit card to make purchases in the App store, in shops and even online anywhere in the world. To keep a track of things, the wallet app color codes items purchased under different categories.
So, why would one use the Apple credit card? Well, the icing on the cake is its rewards program which offers users a daily 2% cash back and a 3% cash back on every purchase made directly with Apple.
To top it off, the company is attempting to offer some of the lowest interest rates. To ensure that the credit card is accepted at locations which do not accept Apple Pay, the company will be providing users with a physical credit card as well.
Moving on, Apple is indeed full of surprises. One of the least expected services to launch at its March 25 event was the speculated subscription games service. The company is calling it Apple Arcade. Staying true to its name, the service functions in a simple manner.
It allows users to play some of the top video games from publishing houses such as Disney, Sega, Lego, Cartoon Network, and Konami on the mobile, desktop and even TV. What makes this service so exciting is not only the fact that it covers a wide range of games but also that the entire family can play using Family Sharing.
The service will be available through the App Store and will launch later this year in 150 countries, spanning operating systems like iOS, macOS and tvOS.
In other news, another highlight of Apple’s event was its revamped News subscription-based service. The service has finally been officially announced. The company is attempting to bring the best and latest news together under one umbrella.
Part of its reason for doing so is to combat fake news. The News service will include numerous well-reputed publishers and over 300 popular magazines. In order to get access to all available content under this service, users will have to pay a monthly subscription of $9.99.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it just did! Apple has unveiled a redesigned Apple TV app with a new feature called “Apple TV Channels”. This is just a revamped version of the existing app.
In addition to the Apple TV Channels, the revamped app has a special section entitled “For You”. This section recommends shows, serials, movies, and sports based on what you usually watch. The great thing about this app is that it offers video content from over 150 streaming apps.
You can now pay for only those channels which you want. Courtesy of the new Apple TV Channels feature, users can subscribe for only those channels which they want to watch. The revamped Apple TV app will go live in May this year for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.
Speaking of Apple TV services, the company used its March 25 event as a platform to officially announce its new original TV streaming service called Apple TV+.
The service will be within the Apple TV app and will feature original televisions shows and movies.
The company claims that Apple TV+ will be the treasure trove of creative and original content, inspiring creative storytellers. This new service is scheduled to launch in the fall of this year. Unfortunately, until now, no pricing details have been disclosed.
After a number of beta releases of iOS 12.2, Apple has finally released the official and stable build of iOS 12.2. As usual, the update is available as an over-the-air update. iOS 12.2 is a crucial update as it brings with it a number of new and updated features.
To sum it up, the software update includes additions and changes to the following: Siri, Animoji, AirPlay, Apple Pay, Screen Time, Safari, Apple Music, and support for the latest Apple AirPods. This might be one of the most significant iOS updates yet.
In other news, the launch of AirPower might be just around the corner as the device has been spotted yet again. Not too long ago, the device was spotted on the AirPods page of the Australian Apple Online Store.
This time, the device was spotted in an image sent to MacRumors of the new Wireless Charging Case for AirPods. Well, there happens to be some truth in it as other users who have received the new AirPods have verified the image.
Users have even taken to Twitter to share the news with the world. Even a glimpse at the box will reveal the pill-shaped outline of the AirPower charging mat. It’s pretty clear from the image that Apple’s upcoming AirPower may launch very soon.
— Technologetic 💻 (@tnologetic) March 26, 2019
The March 25 event has truly been monumental for Apple. Which announcement did you find the most interesting and why?
That’s all for today but do stop by again tomorrow for another episode of Apple daily news!
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