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No iPad? Apple's March 25 keynote will be 'services focused'

No iPad? Apple's March 25 keynote will be 'services focused'

BuzzFeed reports that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 25, its first of 2019. While we'll advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt, you should be reminded that Apple has held a number of events in March.

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are both services with a similar offering, letting subscribers customize their package by adding additional premium channels to the video catalog each offers. The good news is there are reports that Apple plans to offer the content for free to Apple device owners.

But this new service would combine content from news services who lock their content behind a paywall.

Apple has talked with publishers including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, but they (and others) have concerns about Apple's terms. Apple's TV app now can't see any content from Netflix, and it sounds like Netflix won't integrate with Apple's new service as well.

This will apparently not be an event to unveil the AirPods 2, or even a new iPad mini. One source claimed that Apple has considered bundling the subscription news service with a package that could include iCloud storage and its anticipated upcoming original TV shows. According to sources familiar with the subject, Apple is now putting the final touches on its new streaming video service, which is expected to go live in April or early May, CNBC reports.

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On the other hand, you probably shouldn't expect any physical products to be unveiled at the event.

Given this sort of precedent, it's understandable why many publishers may have an issue with handing over half their revenue to Apple in exchange for a negligible bump in overall income.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

As for the original programming Apple has been working on, some of the projects in the works include a revamp of the 1980s hit Amazing Stories, a new comedy series from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, and projects from La La Land creator Damien Chazelle.


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