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

Carla Harmon
February 13, 2019

Given that Apple has a history of holding events in March where it reveals both products and services, it's not surprising that the tech giant is once again planning a keynote for the end of that month. 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.

It was previously rumored that Apple would debut new Apple AirPods 2 wireless earbuds in March, but that may no longer be the case. It'll be a premium product within Apple News, according to an earlier Bloomberg report.

It is worth noting that Apple is still reported to be negotiating the financial terms of its print media subscription service with publishers. Sources tell BuzzFeed News that the company plans to hold a special event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus.

Apple's much talked about news subscription service could be going public soon.

We've seen endless reports over the past year suggesting that Apple wants to bundle together magazine and newspaper subscriptions into a monthly plan. According to the current info, this new service will cost $10 per month and will allow Apple customers to have access to content from a variety of news outlets. The New York Times and the Washington Post are said to be among the publishers that are not happy with Apple's terms. The standalone video service is rumoured to be set for an April launch.

A report the other day said Apple would release the second-gen AirPods and the AirPower universal wireless charger this spring, and now we have more details about the upcoming launch from a couple of sources.

BuzzFeed News says that Apple declined to comment on the report. Apple also now gets to boast about their efforts to help the field of journalism, as the company's vice president Eddy Cue said when they acquired the subscription news app Texture previous year.

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