Apple AirPods 2: Not Much Design Change from the Predecessor Expected

Lewis Collier
February 13, 2019

However, as noted above, this could be an event that's not just about the News subscription service, but rather Apple's new subscription services in general.

We've heard the date of 29 March before, but in our estimations we also think that it is likely Apple will host the event closer that date, with a much leaner pre-order period.

Another major concern is that, like with any other Apple product or service, publishers won't have access the same level of data about subscribers than they would from a normal subscription, such as credit card information and email addresses.

The earliest event the company held was back in 2011, on March 2, so Apple has lots of time to cram in a product unveiling next month. Apple is looking to partner with publishers on a subscription news service that would allow readers to pay around $10 (about R137) per month to read content that is usually paywalled, but Apple's proposed 50% revenue split with publishers has not gone over well, according to the Journal.

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According to the report, both the New York Times and the Washington Post have rejected deals because the terms are too poor. "On services, you will see us announce new services this year", Cook said. Reports now emerging indicate that you should not be expecting any dramatic changes in the new Apple AirPods 2 when compared to what is available in the existing AirPods.

"The news service is not moving the needle for Apple bulls but it speaks to a strategic shift within Cupertino to focus on services separate than hardware releases".

"Sources described the event as subscription services focused, but declined to say anything about Apple's standalone video streaming service which is also rumored to debut in 2019".

Given this sort of precedent, it's understandable why many publishers may have an issue with handing over half their revenue to Apple in exchange for a negligible bump in overall income.

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