Apple Launches AppleTV+ and News Subscription Service

Tech heavyweight, Apple, has launched two new services: Apple TV+ and Apple News+ during the showtime event in Cupertino, California during the week.

The event which was attended by many industry bigwigs and media execs had Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing that the event was focused on Apple’s services rather than its products.

Apple TV+ was unveiled by movie Stephen Spielberg who announced he will be creating materials for the new TV streaming service. Hollywood stars: Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, J.J Abrams, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Alfe Woodard also took the stage to discuss their involvements in the contents that will be launched on the service.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue noted that the company was honored that the best lineup of storytellers in the world was coming to Apple TV+.

“We’re thrilled to give viewers a sneak peek of Apple TV+ and cannot wait for them to tune in starting this fall. Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.” Cue said.

While the pricing for the subscription service including watching TV shows on Starz, CBS All Access, EPIX, HBO, Showtime and many others were not yet disclosed, Apple TV+ will be available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV consumers in over 100 countries across the globe.

The service will also be available to Amazon Fire TV, Samsung SmartTV, Roku, LG, Vizio and Sony platforms later in the year.

Similarly, the Apple News +, a news subscription service will feature over 300 popular magazines including ELLE, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, People, GQ, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

“We’re committed to supporting quality journalism, and with Apple News+, we want to celebrate the great work being done by magazines and news outlets. We think the breadth and quality of publications within Apple News+ will encourage more people to discover stories and titles they may never have come across before.” Apple News’ editor-in-chief Lauren Kern said at the event.

Users are advised to update their iOS devices to 12.2. or the macOS 10.14.4 and sign up for a free trial for a month.

Apple News+ is already available to users in the U.S and Canada for $10 a month and will make its way to the U.K and Australia later this year.