APPLE is preparing to make a major announcement next month, according to a new report.
The iPhone maker is expected to reveal some important news – but tipsters say a new gadget isn’t on the cards.
Instead, Apple is reportedly plotting to launch a paid-for subscription service for news.
That’s according to BuzzFeed News, which cites sources who say the event will be held at the new Steve Jobs Theatre on the recently-completed Apple Park campus in California.
Normally Apple events are reserved for new gadgets – like an iPhone 11 or last year’s Apple Watch 4 – so the rumoured March 25 keynote would be a break from tradition.
However, Apple has been holding events in March for years, so it’s not entirely surprising news.
It’s also no secret that Apple may be working on a news subscription service.
We’ve seen endless reports over the past year suggesting that Apple wants to bundle together magazine and newspaper subscriptions into a monthly plan.
Apple already offers a similar service for free called Apple News, which aggregates top stories from free providers.
But this new service would combine content from news services who lock their content behind a paywall.
However, this is already proving extremely controversial.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple wants to charge users about $10 (likely £10, too) for the paid Apple News service.
But it also says Apple only wants to give 50% of that fee to news publishers – and keep the rest for itself.
According to the report, both the New York Times and the Washington Post have rejected deals because the terms are too poor.
Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about an upcoming event, or even the existence of a paid-for news service.
It was previously rumoured that Apple would debut new Apple AirPods 2 wireless earbuds in March, but that may no longer be the case.
We’ve asked Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.
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