Apple is said to be planning a subscription-focused media event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus, according to a new report from BuzzFeed who claim the event will purely be software/services related without any new hardware announcements.
The news comes hours after sketchy rumors pointed to Apple launching its next-generation AirPods 2, a new affordable iPad, the so-called “iPad mini 5”, alongside announcing availability for AirPower sometime between March 11 and March 20, ahead of the reported pre-order date of Friday, 29 March.
The services-focused media event is supposedly when Apple will lift the lid on its rumored paid Apple News subscription service, with sources refusing to say whether the event will also see the company unveil its Netflix-like streaming service.
BuzzFeed sources say it is unlikely any new hardware will launch during the event.
Unlikely to make an appearance: next generation AirPods, or that rumored new iPad Mini.
Sources described the event as subscription services focused, but declined to say anything about Apple’s standalone video streaming service which is also rumored to debut in 2019.
Apple’s News subscription service is said to cost $10 per month, offering users access to a range of exclusive member-only publications. The paid Apple News service is also expected to allow customers access to magazine subscriptions.
One theory is Apple could use the event to announce its new services, and quietly launch the new AirPods 2, affordable iPad, the so-called “iPad mini 5”, and AirPower quietly in a press release shortly after the event.