Apple reportedly 'racing' to get HBO and Showtime on its streaming service

Apple expected to announce new streaming TV service at March 25 event

Dissecting the tweet, which delivered the news, it's clear that Apple will replace the current 9.7-inch entry-level iPad with a 10.2-inch one, which is great - especially if Apple keeps the price intact and the larger screen comes at the expense of bezels.

"Both Zhen Ding and Flexium may see their shipments for Apple's upcoming iPad models offset a slowdown in shipments for the iPhones in the first half of 2019, the sources noted", the report continues.

However, thanks to the short video invite sent by Apple, we have some idea of what Apple might be introducing.

Apple has been dealing with the reality of slowing iPhone sales for months, which means a focus on new services could be vital to growing its business.

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Apple has confirmed that it will hold an event on 25 March, where it's expected to announce its new TV streaming offering. However, it is possible that the company might unveil the rumored 5th generation iPad mini, AirPods 2, and AirPower wireless charging mat.

Apple is in talks with HBO, Showtime, and Starz, and all three are expected to join Apple's service eventually.

Most probably, Apple's "yet to be named" video streaming service will contain content that's already available on similar services, as well as original content as the tech giant spent more than $1 billion on original shows and signed big Hollywood stars like Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner. So far, Apple has stopped itself from deprecating the existing AirPods hardware in favor of a revamped version of the popular earbuds but it looks as though that run could come to an end. Tim Cook's company is also expected to announce an Apple News subscription initiative created to appeal to those who are happy to bypass a pay-wall for their curated daily news fix.

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