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AirPods, iPads and streaming: What we could see from an Apple event in March



Get an overview of all the best Apple stories in the week in one post. In this week's Apple Core tour, we'll look at possible dates for Apple's next major launch event along with all the announcements we expect to come with. We have more details about Apple's product line for the first half of 2019, and when the latest software updates are expected to roll for all your Apple devices. This week, Apple has also been in hot water to host a Saudi app that lets men track their wives and daughters.

Apple's March event may be about services

Both Buzzfeed and Bloomberg have published reports this week suggesting it will be a launch event at Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's headquarters on March 25 . However, Apple has not indicated it is planning to hold a march event. And until we see an official invitation, which is likely to happen a week or so before, the end date may still be up.

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A March Apple event wouldn't be too surprising. Last year, Apple held its iPad event in Chicago over the past week in March. This time we are unlikely to see new iPads, or hardware of any kind. Guidelines for this event, according to reports, are Apple's new subscription services.

According to Bloomberg, Apple will launch its video streaming and news services at the event. Apple has invested around $ 1 billion in producing original content for its Netflix streaming service with at least 25 original shows such as dramas, comedies, docs, and children's programming in the works. The company has already invited some celebrities from some of the series it works with, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and director J.J. Abrams, present.

Apple's news service will also be a premium subscription plan on its current News app that will allow users to view content from different publishers. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal are just some of the great news rumored to be in negotiations with Apple to be part of this service. But according to a Wall Street Journal report this week, this deal is still in the air. Holdup seems to be Apple's cut to give the platform. The report says publishers are hesitant to sign in because Apple would take 50 percent of the revenue from the service.

AirPods, iPad Mini and Apple's rumored spring products

If the March 25 event focuses on services, there may still be room for a new spring event to focus on new products. A rumor even adds the same week as the services launch.

According to the Greek blog's iPhone hellas (via 9 to 5 Mac), citing supply chain sources, Apple will reveal its new iPads, AirPods and AirPower carpet March 29 – – different from Bloomberg's reporting. And while it is highly unlikely that Apple will have two launch events in the same week, there is still the possibility of a product-focused event in the first half of 2019.

Apple has already registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, usually a precursor to start. And there appeared to be some of these models in the public beta code for iOS 12.2 described by by Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter . The seven models can include a cheaper 10-inch iPad that replaces last year's 9.7-inch iPad and a new iPad Mini a model that has not been updated over four years.

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The iPad Mini 5 is rumored to look almost exactly the same as previous models, but has a faster processor.


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A Mac Otakara report (via MacRumors) this week suggests that the new Mini would have exactly the same design and dimensions as the previous model, meaning no face ID or slimmer sleeves, but it would hold the headphone jack and The lynx missed from last year iPad Pros and get a faster A10 or A10X processor.

We could also finally see the AirPower wireless charger that the company first mentioned in September 2017 and a sequel to the long-forgotten iPod Touch. CNET's Scott Stein would also love to see a iPhone SE 2 .

The AirPods 2 earplugs, however, have to wait for a September launch event. According to Apple toys Steve H.McFly ( @Oleleaks on twitter ), Apple only launched the wireless charging case in the first half of 2019, while redesigned AirPod's successor with biometric sensors, noise reduction, water resistance and New color schemes would come along with the new iPhones later this year.

When is the WWDC?

Next on the event calendar: WWDC, Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference which this week is rumored to start June 3.

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Again, no official word from Apple yet, but MacRumors seems to be pretty sure the 2019 conference will be held from 3am to 7pm. June at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This would make sense, considering that it always falls on the first week of June, and the fact that there was a brief mention of it on San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs event calendar that has since been removed. Just do not book any travel before the registration officially opens, likely in mid-March, just in case.

Early rumors suggested this was where Apple would announce its new streaming service, but in any case we are definitely expecting software updates across the board. The next iOS 13 update is rumored to bring Dark Mode to the iPhone that Apple did on MacOS last year and they 230 new emoji we heard about last week, along with updates to MacOS WatchOS and TVOS .

And that would only get us through the first half of the year. Needless to say, it looks like a busy 2019 for Apple.

Apple under fire to cough Saudi wife tracking app

Google and Apple are criticized for hosting a Saudi app in their app stores. The Absher app, created by the Saudi government, allows men to trace where the women and daughters are, and warns them of the women entering or leaving the country.

The app also provides other types of online services such as ID renewals and traffic offenses, but it has been criticized for enabling violent and repressive practices against women. Apple and Google are under pressure to remove the app.

Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon sent a letter to the CEOs of both companies and urged them to "take immediate action" and that the companies "should not activate these violent violations of women in Saudi Arabia."

In an interview with NPR on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he wasn't aware of the app, but wanted to take a look at the issue.


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