It isn’t enough that Apple is one of the richest companies on Earth, but in today’s “It’s show time” event the
Borg company outlined its plan to further their reach into our lives. At the event, Apple announced that they are extending their pay service to both a digital and physical card (partnering with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard), and upgrading their News app to include subscription publications and the name Apple News+.
Perhaps more of interest (maybe?) to geeks, Apple is introducing their subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade. According to Apple, the service will have no ads and no in-app purchases, and the games can be played online or offline. You can play on any of your Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV and switch between them while playing. The service is promising over 100 games from publishers including Cartoon Network, Disney, Konami, Lego, Sega, and Skybound.
The service will launch in the Fall in 150 countries, a new tab will appear in the Apple App store when it does. Like Google‘s streaming gaming service Stadia, no price has been announced for the service yet.
After the company notified its audience about its redesigned Apple TV app (adding subscription channels), Apple also FINALLY unveiled it’s new video streaming service, Apple TV+ (we wonder how Disney feels about that name). The service is promising to have shows in all genres with big-name (read: $$$) creators including J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Yeah, Oprah, and they are happy about it.
They also got Peanuts, damnit. Like Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ will be launching in the Fall, price TBD.
You can watch the entire event (if you want) here.