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Apple Working on Subscription-based Gaming Service

As of now, the company has not announced anything officially about this service that is intended to function like Netflix for games and could ultimately decide to abandon it, the report noted

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

As Apple faces pressure to grow its service business to compete with content giants like Netflix and Amazon, the company is reportedly planning to launch a subscription-based gaming service.

Since the platform is in its early stages of development, it remains difficult to assume what kind of games would be included or how much would the subscription cost.

The iPhone-maker has been privately discussing the service idea with game developers mid-2018.

The company has also discussed partnering with developers as a publisher which could signal Apple’s ambition to assume distribution, marketing and other related costs for select games, news website Cheddar reported on Monday.

Currently, Apple is developing a slew of original shows for a video streaming service to rival Netflix and partnering with carriers to boost the subscriber base for Apple Music.

Mobile gaming and e-sports are expected to become a $100 billion industry by 2021 and at a time where iPhone sales are slowing down, a subscription service for App Store games could provide a boost to Apple’s revenue.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple currently takes a 30 per cent cut of App Store purchases but lowers that fee to 15 per cent after the first year of a subscription.

If Apple functioned like a publisher for games it sold through a subscription, it could entice developers to create exclusive games for the service by cutting the fees they would normally pay to an outside firm for user acquisition, marketing and other distribution-related costs, the report said.

In 2017, CEO Tim Cook set a goal of doubling the services business to $50 billion by 2020 and the services accounted for $39.75 billion in revenue for Apple’s 2018 fiscal year,

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Apple’s services, which include paid offerings include iCloud storage, Apple Music and others have been determined to be the company’s fastest-growing business segment.

As of now, the company has not announced anything officially about this service that is intended to function like Netflix for games and could ultimately decide to abandon it, the report noted. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Solves Location Privacy Issue with iPhone 11 in 2nd iOS 13.3.1 Beta

After giving an unsatisfactory answer, Apple had said in December that it would bring a dedicated toggle in location services to allow customers to completely turn off the feature

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

The second beta version of Apple’s iOS 13.3.1, released earlier this month, now includes a toggle for disabling the Ultra Wideband chip in the device. This comes after privacy issue reports around the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro that they still tracked location data even when users had turned off location services.

When that led to more questions and debates, the iPhone maker stated the behaviour was due to the fact the UWB chip in the new iPhones isn’t approved broadly around the world, so the iPhone 11 uses location services to check if UWB can be used or not, 9to5Mac reported on Friday.

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“We do not see any actual security implications,” an Apple engineer was earlier quoted as saying by KrebsOnSecurity.

“It is expected behaviour that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”

After giving an unsatisfactory answer, Apple had said in December that it would bring a dedicated toggle in location services to allow customers to completely turn off the feature. (IANS)