Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

No iPad? Apple's March 25 keynote will be 'services focused'

No iPad? Apple's March 25 keynote will be 'services focused'

A Wall Street Journal report today indicated that news outlets are hesitant to agree to Apple's 50 percent revenue cut from the service. In other words, that could include original Apple video content and news, along with Apple Music and iCloud storage tiers, all for one monthly fee.

However, Apple has been holding events in March for years, so it's not entirely surprising news. Apple also recently confirmed to The Canadian Press that publishers would be able to sell subscriptions through Apple News in Canada, but declined on going into specifics.

According to Buzzfeed, Apple's event is scheduled for Monday, March 25th at the Steve Jobs theater.

According to sources that spoke to BuzzFeed, Apple will use the event to unveil its rumored news service, which will add paid subscription options to Apple News.

It was previously rumored that Apple would debut new Apple AirPods 2 wireless earbuds in March, but that may no longer be the case.

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They are also eager not to let the timing of a Trump-Xi meeting aimed at closing the deal slip much past the end of March. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin is leading a delegation set to meet with Chinese officials on Thursday and Friday.

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. Multiple major publishers have, according to the sources, failed to sign onto the plan due in part to the financial terms; among these publishers is allegedly the New York Times and Washington Post. Information including credit card numbers and email addresses would not be provided to publishers if they agreed to Apple's terms as they now stand. The new iPad mini 5 and the iPad 7 are expected to launch side by side with varying prices, and they will retain the Touch ID security feature instead of the more advanced Face ID.

"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".

Apple, for its part, has not commented on the claims.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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