Apple March Event Preview: Apple’s Netflix rival, a News service and finally an AirPower release?

Apple’s next event is happening on March 25, with the invite teasing the announcement of its heavily-rumoured TV platform. But what else could we see?

While the Netflix rival is likely to be the show-stealer here, there’s lots of other products might use the event to unveil. Here’s everything we think we know, including rumoured announcements and start time.

What we now know we won’t see are any new iPads. Apple has just unveiled the iPad Mini 5 and iPad Air (2019) as updates to long-dormant lines. The iPad Mini 5 has a lighter design, A12 chip and supports the Apple Pencil.

Pencil support comes to the new Air too, along with the same A12 chip and a larger 10.5-inch display. It’s also the first Air to support the Smart Keyboard.

Apple has also just unveiled the AirPods 2. These were also rumoured to be launched during the March Event but received an earlier launch.

When is the Apple March Event?

The event will take place on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theatre on Apple Park Campus. It’ll kick off at 10AM PT and 5PM GMT, with the whole show likely being streamed through Apple’s site and on the dedicated Apple TV app.

Netflix-style streaming service

The “it’s show time” tag-line for the event is likely a reference to Apple’s TV streaming service, meaning it will play a big role in the event. Apple is currently producing a wide range of original content, which will help the service compete against Netflix and the upcoming Disney Plus offering. The firm has a big budget for these shows, with more than two dozen shows in the works featuring some impressive Hollywood talent.

Hopefully these shows will be better than the awful Planet of the Apps

Much of the service remain mysterious, though: how much will it cost? Will iOS owners get extra perks? Will it follow Apple Music‘s lead and be available on platforms like Android? Luckily it doesn’t seem like we’ll have to wait.

Apple TV 4K

Big updates to Apple News, including another subscription service

The company is also thought to be on the verge of debuting a subscription service for news, likely sitting inside an updated version of the currently available Apple News app.

According to recent reports, Apple plans to charge $9.99 (likely translating to £9.99) a month for access to some of the most popular newspapers and magazines, a service which will be the first of its kind.

AirPower might finally get a release date

Ah, AirPower. One of Apple’s most mysterious products of recent years, the charging pad was first announced alongside the iPhone X in 2017 as a way to charge AirPods, iPhones and Apple Watches at the same time. The stated ‘2018’ release window only brought news of the device’s struggles and for a while it seemed like it had been cancelled altogether.

AirPower wireless charging

Rumours have now pegged it to be released alongside the new AirPods but whether it’ll retain its original promise, or even design, remain to be seen.

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