Apple Event 2019: Apple Card, Apple Arcade, TV Plus, and everything announced so far

CNET | 3/25/2019 | Lori Grunin,
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Apple's big launches are usually for shiny new gadgets. But this time, Apple dribbled out some small updates to its iPads, iMacs and AirPods last way to make way for today's softer reveals at "It's show time!" event rolling out the next generation of its "world-class services." One of the big points is on-device tracking, so that no one besides you knows about your spending, reading or other habits.

We've known for a while about Apple's $1 billion worth of home-grown shows that are expected to debut on the new streaming video service, and had already heard from companies who won't have anything to do with Apple's subscription plans -- and think that Apple's already Goliath-like position in the service markets should draw attention from regulators.

Custom - Channel - Lineups - Source - Apple

Roll your own custom channel lineups from any source, within the updated Apple TV app, and stay within the app when going from source to source. The app uses machine learning to provide better suggestions. And it's coming to the Mac, this fall, as well as smart TVs, Roku and Amazon FireTV. TV Plus is the name of its original content channel, and it trotted out a parade of celebrities on stage for it: Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell, Big Bird and more.

As an extension of the App Store, Apple's splitting off premium paid games from the free into a subscription service. It's pulled out a lot of big names for it, such as Dave Gibbons. Note that this isn't game streaming -- it's an all-you-can-eat subscription service launching with over 100 games. Coming this fall, but no pricing as yet.

Apple - Pay - Pacific - Northwest - Company

Apple Pay is rolling out to transit, starting in the Pacific Northwest. Now the company's launching its own credit card i called...
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