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Apple to take huge bites out of the streaming and gaming pies

This Spring, Australians will have the opportunity to subscribe to Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+, which will give users access to a huge batch of original programs, documentaries and movies, ad-free and on demand.

This week, a lot of schmoozing, if not exchanging of promotional funds, went down in Cupertino, California, when a bunch of famous folks shared the stage to share the Apple streaming news.

Directors and actors on hand to endorse the product included Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Momoa, after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company’s new subscription platform, which will launch in more than 100 countries.

In addition this week, Apple announced its new program of Apple TV releases for May and said it its app will be available on Samsung Smart TVs beginning this Spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Sony and Vizio platforms in the future.

And now for more big news… Apple has introduced the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, called Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade will feature new and original games from acclaimed indie developers, as well as the usual offerings form major studios.

Already among some 300,000 titles are releases by Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker Corporation, Sega, Snowman, ustwo games, and dozens more.

The service promises customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, with no ads, ad tracking or requiring additional purchases.

Apple is also promising to respect user privacy, but I’m pretty sure you could read that bit in more ways than one.

Antonino Tati

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