The good, bad and unknown about Apple's new services

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iOS 12.2 includes new animojis, support for new AirPods and the newly announced Apple News+ and Apple's magazine subscription service. Noting that Apple Pay's "acceptance is spreading but far from ubiquitous", PC Magazine stated that "essentially, how much cash back you earn depends on how quickly Apple conquers the mobile payments market, and how often you do not forget to whip out your phone instead of your credit card in the checkout line". Riding on the success of Apple Pay, the company is betting that its users will make Apple Card an indispensable part of their daily financial transactions, and if that is the case, they will continue to use the iPhone and will not turn to other brands. You will receive a physical titanium card upon signing up, though there is no credit card number, CVV, expiration date or signature, as that information is stored directly in the Apple Wallet app. The Apple Arcade subscription service is meant to be the third pillar in the way that Apple users buy games, after "free with ads or in-app purchases" and paid apps. Apple's credit card is simply called "Apple Card" and is being promoted as a card with no fees, attractive rewards and deeper integration with the iPhone. Apple's solution also won't have access to Netflix content, but that doesn't come as much of a surprise since Netflix wisely doesn't want any other companies to have access to its viewership data. It will also have games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Finji, Snowman, Giant Squid, Mistwalker Corporation, Klei Entertainment, and many more. That's why I joined forces with Apple. Credit card debt is a huge, huge problem and too many massive banks make too much money for anything to truly change this horribly anti-consumer industry.

Credit risk concerns aside, analysts said that Goldman's decision to launch its first credit card in partnership with one of the world's biggest companies gives it the opportunity to gain consumer market share. An option for a minimalistic physical card is also available. The Apple Card now fully harnesses the power of iPhone and intelligently manages dues, spendings and payments.

Likewise with TV+, News+, and Apple Arcade - these pricey services aren't necessarily unique, but they'll be far easier to set up and use than any of their competitors.

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The unknown: What sort of credit score you need to get approved, as well as exact interest rates. The Apple Card is a virtual credit card completely transparent and independent of any banks. "And that's on everything (not just Apple Pay purchases)". No one really cared about Apple Newsstand, and this is basically a glorified version of that old app combined with Apple News.

It appears as though Apple TV Channels won't be quite as comprehensive as Prime Video Channel Subscriptions, but my hope is that it'll get there.

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