Apple is reportedly planning an event on March 25th to launch its upcoming paid Apple News subscription service, according to a report from BuzzFeed.
The event is said to be focusing on Apple’s service business, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see any new hardware (like the rumored iPad Mini, AirPods, and long-anticipated AirPower charger), but the timing and theme of the event could mean that we’ll get an early look at its coming TV service, which is rumored to launch this spring.
That said, Apple traditionally has had a March event focused on iPads for the past few years, so it would be strange not to have some hardware announcements at the event — especially considering that a updated version of the company’s entry level $329 iPad would seemingly be the perfect place to read a paid Apple News subscription service on.
Apple hasn’t formally sent out invitations for the event yet, but Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski has a history of getting these dates right, so it’ll likely only be a matter of time before Apple officially announces the event.
Reports have been swirling about Apple adding a paid, all you can eat subscription to Apple News for months, where the company would be able to offer premium magazine and news subscriptions in a single bundle, similar to what Netflix and Hulu provide for TV and movies. Images previewing the service were found in an iOS 12.2 beta last month, indicating that Apple may be close to launch.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today that Apple was having some issues with publisher partners over revenue splits for the upcoming service, with Apple reportedly demanding a staggering 50 percent cut before dividing the other half between publishers based on how much their articles were read.