Apple on Monday announced its first-ever game subscription service called Apple Arcade that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators like Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong and Will Wright.
Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS, the company announced at an event here.
“We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
“Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases,” he added.
The App Store currently has nearly 300,000 free and paid games.
With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games to the App Store’s more than 1 billion gaming customers.
The service will feature games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more.
The App Store drives the app economy and has earned $120 billion for developers worldwide, said the company.
Apple on Monday also launched an all-new service called Apple News+ where users can read latest issues of 300 magazines in categories like entertainment, politics, lifestyle, health and travel etc.
Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Canada’s The Star will also arrive on Apple News+.
Apple News+ will be available for $9.99 per month across Apple devices, starting with the US and Canada and the first month’s subscription will be free.
“The idea is to harness the power of journalism and its cultural impact. It is a great opportunity for publishers,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at the Steve Jobs theater at its Cupertino campus.
Apple won’t allow advertisers to track you so it is private and secure, he added.
Cook said the Apple Pay feature will cross 10 billion transactions in 2019.
The company also announced Apple Card designed for iPhones.
The users can sign up for Apple Card and start using it via Wallet. Goldman Sach is the issuing authority for Apple Card that will be acceptable all over the world.
“Goldman Sach will not sell your data to third parties,” said the company.