March 2019 Apple Event Announcements
If you’re like most people, you’re interested in the new products and updates that Apple comes out with because it affects our day to day lives. However, most people do not have the time or patience to pay attention when Apple announces every tiny thing they are changing or adding. We’re here to give you the highlights of the biggest announcements made by Apple this month.
Apple TV Channels/Apple TV+
Apple finally announced one of its biggest rumored and highly anticipated changes: Apple TV Channels and TV+. The updated Apple TV app will soon be supported on all of the big TV brands including, Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Roku, and more.
Apple TV Channels is a service you can pay for that puts all of your favorite channels in one app- ad free! The best part about this service is you only pay for the channels you want, meaning you get the best bang for your buck. You can even watch when you’re offline.
Apple TV Plus is a new streaming service that people have been expecting Apple to announce. Yes, Apple has decided to join the streaming service bandwagon where they will have their own custom content including TV shows and movies, likely to launch some time in 2020. This service boasts many big celebrity participants, including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, and more. TV Plus in combination with TV Channels creates a one stop shop for all your entertainment needs. Look out, Netflix.
Yes, it’s actually happening. Apple is spreading to every corner of life by announcing their very own credit card (as if Apple Wallet and Apple Pay wasn’t enough). This sleek card is designed to mostly only be used through Apple Pay, but provides an actual card for the times when card readers don’t support paying through devices.
The benefits of this card (Daily Cash) are 2% back the same day you purchase (yes, you heard us right-same day!), and 3% back when you purchase directly from Apple. This card has immediate online sign up, in app help, and boasts easier to read statements.
Apple is changing the way we’ve always known the App Store for video games. Free apps and premium paid apps will be separated and these new, stunning, Apple funded and endorsed games will go into a new subscription service within the App Store called Apple Arcade.
While pricing has not yet been announced, the service will have over 100 high tech games available to the user both online and offline, and available on multiple platforms. This gaming service features games that will only be available through Apple Arcade, and ad-free, I might add. This, in conjunction with Apple TV+ creates a formidable foe for competitors.
One of Apple’s attempts to take the world of print and push it into our digital era, Apple will be offering (yet another) subscription service called Apple News Plus, where you can pay $10 a month to have access to over 300 different publications and magazines, making it easy to stay up to date with your favorite reads all through your phone, tablet, or computer.
AirPods Gen 2
While the design of the new AirPods are exactly the same, the new gen will see faster connection speeds, longer battery life, hands-free Siri, and an optional wireless charging case that hold even more power. The original gen of AirPods will be discontinued, and the price of the new one is the old price: $159 (Or $199 with the new case).
New iPad Mini and iPad Air
Apple announced two new iPads this month that have very few exciting changes. The Air features a Retina display and also carries the same chip that the iPhone XS carries. Both feature an almost identical design to past iPads, but boast Apple Pencil support.