Apple reportedly launching its video service in April sans Netflix and HBO

Apple Air Pods 2 will look the same

Apple reportedly launching its video service in April sans Netflix and HBO

Rumor mill: A premium news service from Apple could ask publishers to give up half of their earnings.

According to a report by BuzzFeed, Apple is gearing up to launch a news subscription service on March 25 during a special event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently teased that "new services" from Apple are coming in 2019 during an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer.

Apple's current News offering is free, but the company is expected to launch a subscription news service that will allow subscribers to read unlimited content from publishers who participate in the service. While we'll advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt, you should be reminded that Apple has held a number of events in March. 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. Apple Music, for example, continues to grow at an impressive clip, with Tim Cook revealing during the company's most recent earnings conference call that the music streaming service now has upwards of 50 million subscribers.

Apple is reportedly planning a media event at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25, according to sources familiar with the matter. In fact, the service now has 85 million monthly active users and is the biggest news app in the US.

"The news service is not moving the needle for Apple bulls but it speaks to a strategic shift within Cupertino to focus on services separate than hardware releases".

It was previously rumored that Apple would debut new Apple AirPods 2 wireless earbuds in March, but that may no longer be the case. Reports now emerging indicate that you should not be expecting any dramatic changes in the new Apple AirPods 2 when compared to what is available in the existing AirPods.

The New York Times declined to comment.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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