Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Apple’s terms for subscription news service face resistance from publishers

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The report comes hours after The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has run into resistance during negotiations with top news publishers over the terms of its subscription news service. 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.

Instead, Apple is reportedly plotting to launch a paid-for subscription service for news.

Apple's current News offering is free, but the company is expected to launch a subscription news service that will allow subscribers to read unlimited content from publishers who participate in the service. 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. Specifically, Apple is rumored to be planning a $10-a-month subscription tier for its News app that would include stories normally tucked behind paywalls.

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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. In fact, the service now has 85 million monthly active users and is the biggest news app in the US. As well, the report claims that publishers "likely" won't be given access to the data gathered on subscribers, which may make it more hard for them to market themselves to readers. Apple will also apparently unveil a 2019 iPad at the same time, as well as the long-awaited AirPower charging mat.

A premium news subscription could cost around $10 per month, the same that Apple Music now costs. In the quarter ended December, services gross margin hit 63 per cent, up from 58.3 per cent a year ago. Once again, the source mentions that there will be no new hardware during the event.

"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".

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