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All Eyes on Subscription-based Apple TV+, Arcade Gaming

With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games to the App Store’s more than one billion gaming customers

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Apple TV service began rolling out in over 100 countries, including India which comes bundled with Apple TV+, the company's original video subscription service. Wikimedia Commons

The global revenues from streaming video services will reach $159 billion in 2024 — more than double the figure of $68 billion in 2018. In 2019, the global revenue total is projected to reach about $85 billion, says latest data from Digital TV Research.

Apple is not far from the reality and is set to give a mega push to its Apple TV+ subscription TV service that will take popular platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu head on.

According to a report in The Financial Times, Apple has committed $6 billion to its original TV shows and movies budget for its upcoming Apple TV+ service.

This is a huge jump in Apple’s budget for original shows as the company earlier set aside $1 billion for bringing renowned creators and actors to its platform.

The on-demand subscription service will come with brand new programming from the world’s celebrated artists including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and others.

Earlier in March, it was announced that Apple’s on-demand subscription service will start in over 100 countries this fall.

Apple TV+ is expected to go live about the same time when Disney unveils Disney+ service on November 12.

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FILE – Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple TV during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, March 21, 2016. VOA

Disney will charge $6.99 a month for Disney+, or $12.99 a month for a bundled package that also includes Disney-owned ESPN+ and Hulu’s ad-supported streaming TV offering, say reports, adding that Apple TV+ may debut at $10 per month by November.

Apple in March announced its first-ever game subscription service called Apple Arcade that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators like Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong and Will Wright.

Apple Arcade is also slated to launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS.

“We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

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“Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases,” he added.

The App Store currently has nearly 300,000 free and paid games.

With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games to the App Store’s more than one billion gaming customers. (IANS)

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Upcoming iPhone SE 2 Likely to be Called as ‘iPhone 9’

Earlier Kuo had said, Apple was preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

A new report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara has claimed that the iPhone SE 2 will likely be called the iPhone 9, owing to the fact that it will feature the same chassis as that of the iPhone 8.

The device is expected to feature a 4.7-inch display with bezels along with a faster A13 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM and could start selling at $399.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo iPhone SE 2 is scheduled to go into mass production in January 2020 and will be launched at the end of March.

The iPhone SE 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherboard, the same technology used by the iPhone 11’s version.

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In this Jan. 9, 2007 file phtoo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple Inc. VOA

This will benefit multiple iPhone suppliers, including Pending Holdings, Xinxing, and AT&S, even though the SLP will be a less expensive component than the one used in the iPhone 11 series of devices.

The iPhone SE 2 will not have the 3D Touch feature, removed from the iPhone 11 by the company. Also, it will use a Touch ID fingerprint reader, not Face ID.

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The phone will have three colour options such as silver, space grey and red.

Earlier Kuo had said, Apple was preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020. (IANS)