AirPods, iPads and streaming: what we could see during an Apple event in March


Get an overview of all the best Apple stories of the week in one article. In this week's Apple Core summary, we'll be reviewing possible dates for Apple's next big launch event and all the announcements we plan to announce. We have more details on the Apple product line for the first half of 2019 and the timing for the latest software updates to be updated for all your Apple devices. This week, Apple has also been in hot water for hosting a Saudi app that allows men to follow their wives and daughters.

The March event of Apple could be entirely focused on services

Buzzfeed and Bloomberg have published reports this week suggesting a launch event at Steve Jobs Theater in Toronto. Apple's headquarters on March 25. However, Apple has not yet indicated its intention to organize an event in March. And until we see an official invitation, which would probably happen about a week before, the final date could still be up for grabs.

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An Apple event in March would not be too surprising. Last year, Apple hosted its iPad event in Chicago during the last week of March. This time around, it's unlikely we'll see new iPads or hardware of any kind. According to reports, the poster heads of this event are the new Apple subscription services.

According to Bloomberg, Apple will launch its video streaming services and news during the event. Apple has invested about $ 1 billion in producing original content for its Netflix style streaming service with at least 25 original programs such as dramas, comedies, docuseries and children's programs in the works. The company has already invited some celebrities of the series she is working on, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and director J.J. Abrams, to attend.

Apple's news service would also build a premium subscription on its news app, which would allow users to view the content of different publishers. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal are just some of the major media outlets supposed to be in talks with Apple to join this service. But according to an article in the Wall Street Journal this week, this agreement has still not been reached. The heist seems to be the cut of Apple to provide the platform. The report indicates that publishers are reluctant to sign because Apple would take 50% of revenue of the service.

AirPods, the iPad Mini and the supposed spring products of Apple

If the March 25 event focuses on services, it may still be possible to hold an additional spring event to focus on new products. A rumor even speaks of the same week as the launch of services.

According to the Greek iPhonehellas blog (via 9 to 5 Macs), which cites sources of supply chains, Apple will unveil its new iPads, AirPods and Air power March 29 – different from Bloomberg report. And if it's highly unlikely that Apple is holding two launch events the same week, it's still possible that a product-driven event will take place in the first half of 2019.

Apple has already registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, a precursor to launch. And there seems to be mention of some of these models in the iOS 12.2 public beta code as described by Apple Developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter. The seven models could include a less expensive 10-inch iPad to replace last year IPad 9.7 inchesand one new iPad Mini, a model that has not been updated for more than four years.


According to rumors, the iPad Mini 5 would look almost exactly the same as previous models, but its processor would be faster.

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A report by Mac Otakara (via MacRumors) this week suggests that the new Mini would have exactly the same design and dimensions as the previous model, ie without face identification or thinner housings, but the headphone jack and Lightning wearing would be absent from those of last year. iPad for and win a faster A10 or A10X processor.

We could also finally see the AirPower wireless charging mat that the company mentioned for the first time in September 2017 and a sequel to the long forgotten iPod Touch. Scott Stein from CNET would also like to see a iPhone SE 2.

the AirPods 2 However, headphones may have to wait for the launching ceremony in September. According to Steve H. McFly, a longtime American journalist@Onleaks on twitter) Apple would only launch the wireless charging box in the first half of 2019, while the Redesigned AirPods Suite with biometric sensors, noise cancellation, water resistance and new color options would be added to the new iPhone later this year.

When is WWDC?

Next on the calendar of events: WWDC, annual global conference of Apple's developers, which from this week is supposed to start on June 3rd.



Again, no official word from Apple has yet been announced, but MacRumors seems to be rather confident that the 2019 conference will be held June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This would make sense as it always falls on the first week of June and the fact that this was briefly mentioned in the calendar of events of the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs which has since been deleted. Just do not book any trip before the official opening of registrations, probably in mid-March, just in case.

According to early rumors, Apple would announce its new streaming service, but we expect anyway software updates. The next update iOS 13 is supposed to bring Dark fashion on the iPhone, like Apple did on MacOS last year, and 230 new emoji we heard about last week, with updates from MacOS, watchos and TVOS.

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

Apple under fire for hosting the tracking app of his Saudi wife

Google and Apple are criticized for hosting a Saudi application in their application stores. The Absher app, created by the Saudi government, allows men to locate their wives and daughters and alert them if women enter or leave the country.

The application also provides other types of online services, such as identity renewals and payment of traffic violations, but it has been criticized for allowing for abusive and oppressive practices against women. Apple and Google are under pressure to remove the application.

Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon sent a letter to the CEOs of both companies urging them "to take immediate action" and to say that companies "should not allow these abusive practices against women in Saudi Arabia".

In an interview with NPR on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was not aware of the application but would take a look at the question.

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