In March Apple held a special event to unveil a number of new services. Subscription-based services that give you access to news, games, original TV Shows and Movies, and more for a monthly fee. All of which integrate into a range of Apple devices, plus others.
While I’ve covered each of these new services, I thought I would summarise each in one article. To quickly explain what each service provides and which platforms they are available on. And how much they will cost and when they will be available in Australia.
Apple News+ is a paid tier to the already free Apple News app on iPhone, iPad, and more recently – the Mac. The new paid subscription gives you access to over 300 magazines and high-quality stories from leading newspapers and digital publishers.
Where: Apple News app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac (including MacBooks) Cost: US$9.99/month, approximately AUD$11.99/month. Release Date: Spring, 2019
Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service that gives you access to brand new and original games from acclaimed Indie developers and major studios. But it is a gaming subscription service like no other.
The big focus is the quality of titles. All games have been curated and refined based on a number of factors. This includes the originality, quality, creativity, and appeal of the game. They are games in which Apple goes on to explain ‘push storytelling and design further than ever before.’
Where: All games playable on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Apple Arcade will be with-in the App Store app. Cost: Not yet confirmed Release Date: Spring, 2019. Likely around September with the release of new iPhone models.
Apple TV+ is a video subscription service by Apple. It will feature exclusive original shows, movies, and documentaries. Where the most creative minds in TV and film tell the kinds of stories only they can.
Where: Within the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV. Plus, selected Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and more. Cost: Not yet confirmed Release Date: Spring, 2019
Apple Card is a credit card, but one that was designed and developed by Apple. And has been created to help us lead a healthier financial life.
Where: Built in the Wallet app on iPhone. Make payments with Apple Pay or using the physical card. Cost: No fees, low-interest rate. Release Date: Summer, 2019 in the US. International availability has not been confirmed.