Apple held the “It’s show time” event at its headquarters and as expected unveiled a bunch of new services and no hardware (well except for a titanium credit card).
The event began with the launch of Apple News+, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 magazines, newspapers and digital publishers together in a subscription service.
The new service will be available in the Apple News app on iPhone, iPad & Mac. It will be available at launch in the US and Canada but will be coming to Australia and the UK later this year.
Apple News+ is available today in the US for $9.99 a month and in Canada for $12.99 a month.
Some of the titles Apple New+ includes:
- The Atlantic
- Better Homes & Gardens
- Bon Appétit
- Condé Nast Traveler
- Entertainment Weekly
- ESPN The Magazine
- Food & Wine
- Good Housekeeping
- Martha Stewart Living
- National Geographic
- The New Yorker
- Rolling Stone
- Sports Illustrated
- Vanity Fair
- Woman’s Day
- The Wall Street Journal
- Los Angeles Times
- Toronto Star
Apple Arcade will feature new, original games from acclaimed indie developers and major studios; all ad and in-app purchase free.
Apple Arcade, will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. Brand new games will be added over time.
Apple Arcade games will be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages. Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, have no ads, ad tracking or additional purchases, and respect user privacy.
Apple is also contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life for Apple Arcade. Apple Arcade will launch in Q4 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS.
Apple Card – An Apple Credit Card
Apple today announced Apple Card, new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed for iPhone.
Apple Card is built into the Apple Wallet app on iPhone with the ability to manage the credit card right on iPhone. Apple Card transforms the entire credit card experience by simplifying the application process, eliminating fees, encouraging customers to pay less interest and providing a new level of privacy and security.
Apple Card will be launched mid year in the US and offers a rewards program called Daily Cash, which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day.
Apple Card gives you a real-time views of your latest transactions and balance right in the Apple Wallet app. Your transaction list uses AI and Apple Maps to work out the sometimes cryptic information provided by banks. Support is available 24/7 in the Apple Messages app.
Apple Card also includes an Apple designed titanium Apple Card for shopping at locations where Apple Pay is not accepted yet.
The card includes no card number, CVV security code, expiration date or signature on the card to make it more secure than any other physical credit card. If you need this information you can find it in the Apple Wallet app.