This post has been updated.
Apple exceeded expectations at today’s Apple Event, which was live-streamed from the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino. Those hoping for the announcement of the next generation MacBook Pro or iPhone will be disappointed to know that the entire presentation centered on services rather than hardware — as Apple made several hardware announcements last week about the newest iPads, AirPod updates, and iMacs.
The show was exciting regardless, here is everything you need to know from today’s massive Apple service-based event.
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Apple News+ is a new premium service that seeks to bring the feeling of being at a newsstand to the palm of your hand. The News+ app will bring new issues from over 300 renowned print magazines, as well as digital subscription services, and newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. Apple went all out on the user interface of the News+ app, opting for live image cover art and dynamic graphics that update the experience of flipping through a magazine to the digital age, making the experience more intuitive and less like you’re reading a high-quality magazine scan.
Apple has promised that advertisers and Apple themselves will have no knowledge of what you read, and suggestions will be made by human curation and machine-learned personalization.
Apple News+ will also have family sharing capabilities at no additional charge, allowing full access across multiple devices. The service is already live in the US and Canada, with the special offer of free access for a month, and will come to Australia, the UK, and the rest of Europe sometime this year.