Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Apple Wants 50% of Publishers' Revenue for News Subscription Service

Apple Wants 50% of Publishers' Revenue for News Subscription Service

It's not likely we'll see any new hardware announcements at the March event, but there may be a peek at Apple's upcoming streaming TV service, which is also slated for launch this year.

If you were holding your breath for an early 2019 release for Apple's AirPods 2, you could be in for a disappointment - if well-known leaker OnLeaks' latest tweet is anything to go by.

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.

Apple has talked with publishers including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, but they (and others) have concerns about Apple's terms. Apple is trying to boost its revenue from services, and its next major introduction is expected to be a paid news subscription through the Apple News app on iOS.

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Apple is reportedly planning to hold a keynote on March 25th where the company will reveal its often-rumored news subscription platform, according to a BuzzFeed News report. 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. One of them is going to be the successor to Apple's first-generation AirPods, dubbed the AirPods 2, along with the AirPower wireless charging mat, which was teased during the iPhone X launch that happened back in 2017.

On the other hand, you probably shouldn't expect any physical products to be unveiled at the event.

Apple representatives have told publishers that the subscription service could be priced at about $10 a month, but the final price could change, WSJ said.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by ZDNet.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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