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Apple reportedly wants to keep 50% of subscription news service revenue

Apple reportedly wants to keep 50% of subscription news service revenue

It's also no secret that Apple may be working on a news subscription service. In fact, the service now has 85 million monthly active users and is the biggest news app in the US.

Greek-language blog iPhone Hellas says the AirPods 2 will be released on March 29th alongside other Apple hardware, including AirPower and the rumored cheaper iPad and iPad mini that are in the works.

Apple is holding an event on March 25 that is believed to be the day when the new news service will officially debut. Apple is looking to partner with publishers on a subscription news service that would allow readers to pay around $10 (about R137) per month to read content that is usually paywalled, but Apple's proposed 50% revenue split with publishers has not gone over well, according to the Journal.

It is worth noting that the report does suggest the company may change its plans if it can't nail down negotiations with publishers. The deal would offer some outlets significantly less than they make through their own subscription services today; The Wall Street Journal charges more than $20 a month for various digital subscriptions, for example.

First published February 12 at 1:58 p.m. PT. Update, 3:43 p.m.: Adds that The New York Times declined to comment. The standalone video service is rumoured to be set for an April launch.




More than that, Apple is also said to be mulling a combined subscription bundle that could incorporate all of them together. The report also mentions the fact that the new AirPods 2 will come with a case that can be charged wirelessly via the AirPower accessory.

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

However, it does back up a report from My Smart Price that claims we could be getting some new color options with the AirPods 2, saying that Apple will be offering the AirPods 2 in "two colors: Black and White".

Apple declined to comment on the report.