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

Apple could release new AirPods, iPad Mini 5 and its long-awaited AirPower charging mat this spring Apple's Holding a Surprise Event on March 25, Here's What to Expect
Adrian Cunningham | 13 February, 2019, 22:55

The news comes shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has run into resistance from news publishers over a proposed revenue split that would see Apple pocket 50%. And what may be another signal of that idea is an entire event scheduled to unveil that service.

The launch would be Apple's latest push to grow its services revenue with a goal of hitting $50 billion (R687 billion) by 2020.

BuzzFeed writes, citing unnamed sources, that Apple is getting ready to hold a press event on March 25 at Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus.

AirPower is expected to include a custom Apple chip that runs a stripped-down version of the iOS operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices that are placed on the charging mat.

Apple is known to be working on a video content platform that could include original TV shows and films, as well as a separate media subscription service that would allow unlimited access to magazines - just like the Texture app it acquired previous year.

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News publishers are also concerned over the lack of access about the customer information from Apple as they would like to use that date to market their products to the customers directly.

Credit: Tom's GuideApple apparently hopes to spur that growth even more with a news subscription service.

Greek-language blog iPhone Hellas says the AirPods 2 will be released on March 29th alongside other Apple hardware, including AirPower and the rumored cheaper iPad and iPad mini that are in the works.

Since a lot of enthusiasts are waiting for Apple's Video service that was rumored to debut sometime in April, we could assume that this March event will be a good occasion for Apple to reveal all the details about this new subscription service. The service will offer original content from Apple, available for free to Apple device owners, as well as a platform that lets users subscribe to other digital services.

So, circle that date on the calendar with a pencil just in case.