September 2019

Apple Shifts More Toward Subscription Services

According to Slate, some analysts predict iPhone sales will decline about 15 percent in 2019. As a result, the tech giant appears to be re-evaluating its game plan. Apple Arcade, their new gaming service, will be released in 150 countries for a monthly fee of $4.99. Arcade will compete with PlayStation Now ($19.99) and Google Stadia ($9.99). Apple is also venturing into original programming with Apple TV Plus. The new streaming service will cost $4.99 a month, undercutting major competitors such as Netflix, HBO Now and the upcoming Disney+. The service will launch on Nov. 1 in more than 100 countries.