Apple will apparently hold its next event in March, and instead of debuting new hardware, it will focus almost entirely on services.
According to a new report from BuzzFeed, Apple's first event of the year will take place on 25 March at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus. The company will use the event to unveil its rumoured news service. BuzzFeed is not expecting Apple to unveil any of the rumoured hardware products we've been hearing about, such as the new iPad mini and second-generation AirPods.
If they don't appear at this March event, they could appear at WWDC in the summer, though hardware announcements for that show are rarer.
BuzzFeed seems to think Apple wants its spring event to be "subscription services focused", but we don't yet know which other services might be discussed. For years, the company has been working on a TV subscription service. Most recently, we've seen clues about an incoming game subscription service. Of all these, Apple appears likely to introduce a $9.99 per month subscription to Apple News.
Subscribers will have unlimited access to paywalled content from publishers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Apple is reportedly requesting 50 per cent of revenue from the service, with the remainder going to publications. Publishers are obviously not too keen about this proposed arrangement, nor that Apple plans to handle users' email addresses and payments.
Past reporting has also claimed Apple will bundle its news service with iCloud storage plans and its upcoming television service. So, it'd offer an all-in-one services deal. Little else has been said about that, but it looks like we might know more soon. March is coming up fast.