Apple in talks to create "Netflix for news" subscription service

Bessie Dean
February 14, 2019

Another report by The Wall Street Journal, however, has said that Apple is having dramas with publishing partners, and rightfully so, because the company is apparently asking for a 50 per cent revenue cut from subscriptions. Last year, the company unveiled the iPad 6, the first-ever low-priced slate from the manufacturer to feature support for the Apple Pencil, on March 29. Apple is trying to boost its revenue from services, and its next major introduction is expected to be a paid news subscription through the Apple News app on iOS. So if you've been waiting for the new iPad & iPad Mini, new iPod, and second-gen AirPods, you'll probably need to wait a little longer. BuzzFeed News yesterday reported that Apple is planning to hold a special event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus.

Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to more services coming this year, and this week we're learning more about what the company has in store for news. Should the news service take off as a success, offering a year's worth of support is easy.

The WSJ reports that the New York Times and The Washington Post still haven't agreed to license their content to the service because of the terms.

Some publishers are also reportedly concerned they likely won't get access to subscriber data such as credit card information and email addresses, which can help news organizations build their customer databases.

It will also finally launch the AirPods 2 and long-awaited AirPower charging mat at the same press briefing.

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

A premium news subscription could cost around $10 per month, the same that Apple Music now costs.

BuzzFeed News says that Apple declined to comment on the report. In other words, that could include original Apple video content and news, along with Apple Music and iCloud storage tiers, all for one monthly fee.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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