Apple CEO Tim Cook today commented on the opportunities Apple sees in the video market, though he declined to provide details on the company’s specific plans.
Cook said that Apple sees „huge changes“ taking place in customer behavior, which the company expects to „accelerate as the year goes by.“ Specifically, Cook said that Apple is expecting an acceleration of the breakdown of the cable bundle. „I think it’ll likely take place at a much faster pace this year,“ he said.
Apple plans to „participate in that“ in a number of ways, including the Apple TV, which offers support for apps so customers can watch [...]
Apple is aiming to have its video streaming service ready for launch in mid-April, reports The Information. The tidbit about Apple’s service was shared in a wider piece on Amazon’s plans for Amazon Prime Video.
According to the report, Apple has been telling entertainment companies who will have content available through the service to be ready for a launch in mid-April. A release date is said to be planned within a few weeks of the mid-April launch target.
A mid-April launch is in line with previous rumors that have suggested Apple’s streaming service could launch early in 2019. The service is believed to feature Apple’s own content along [...]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to integrate three disparate messaging services — Facebook Messenger, Instagram messaging, and WhatsApp — into one „underlying messaging infrastructure“ (via The New York Times).
Facebook Messenger These services will continue to operate as their own standalone apps, but the company’s work will make them interoperable with one another. This means that a Facebook user could send an encrypted message to someone who only has a WhatsApp account, and vice versa. The company is still in the early stages of the unification, with plans to be finished by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
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The Los Angeles rail and bus transit system should allow iPhone-owning members of the public to use Apple Pay for fare payments before the year is out.
MacRumors can confirm that LA Metro, the transit agency that manages integration of the TAP card system in the Los Angeles Area, said it is working with Apple to support mobile payments for iPhones, with rollout scheduled for this fall. The information was obtained in a public information request under California law.
The support comes as part of a major update to the TAP system currently underway, which includes upgraded fare boxes across the transit system that will receive real-time data about fares purchased [...]