Apple AirPods 2: Not Much Design Change from the Predecessor Expected

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On Tuesday a report from The Wall Street Journal detailed Apple's desire to keep 50-percent of the monthly subscription revenue from the program, giving the other 50-percent to publishers. Last year, the company unveiled the iPad 6, the first-ever low-priced slate from the manufacturer to feature support for the Apple Pencil, on March 29. Apple is looking to partner with publishers on a subscription news service that would allow readers to pay around $10 (about R137) per month to read content that is usually paywalled, but Apple's proposed 50% revenue split with publishers has not gone over well, according to the Journal.

Sources that are familiar with Apple services claim that the focus of this event will be the company's long-rumored news subscription service.

Also, if the March 25 event turns out to be subscription-focused, it isn't clear when new hardware will make an appearance.

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If you were holding your breath for an early 2019 release for Apple's AirPods 2, you could be in for a disappointment - if well-known leaker OnLeaks' latest tweet is anything to go by.

That's according to BuzzFeed News, which cites sources who say the event will be held at the new Steve Jobs Theatre on the recently-completed Apple Park campus in California. In the quarter ended December, services gross margin hit 63 per cent, up from 58.3 per cent a year ago. It's also possible that new iPads, AirPods and AirPower could be released at WWDC '19 or via press release.

"We believe there will be another event in April at which point we expect iPad and product announcements to be launched". Apart from these two, Apple is also rumored to launch the new iPad models, which will comprise of up two variants targeted towards the budget-friendly crowd that doesn't want to splurge a large amount of cash on the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.

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The New York Times declined to comment.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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