Apple AirPods 2 reportedly not coming until end of 2019

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In fact, the service now has 85 million monthly active users and is the biggest news app in the US.

Several publications are resisting Apple Inc's plans to keep about half of the revenue from its upcoming news subscription service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing the iPhone maker's pitch to some news organizations.

It's also no secret that Apple may be working on a news subscription service.

However, it does back up a report from My Smart Price that claims we could be getting some new color options with the AirPods 2, saying that Apple will be offering the AirPods 2 in "two colors: Black and White". Apple Music, for example, continues to grow at an impressive clip, with Tim Cook revealing during the company's most recent earnings conference call that the music streaming service now has upwards of 50 million subscribers. It is said that Apple has deals in place from companies like HBO and STARZ to add some of their content to Apple's new streaming service.

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The WSJ reports that the New York Times and The Washington Post still haven't agreed to license their content to the service because of the terms. A Wall Street Journal report today indicated that news outlets are hesitant to agree to Apple's 50 percent revenue cut from the service. Developers are already calling for App Store fees to be reduced, so why would publishers give in to even worse revenue sharing?

It's the season of video streaming, as important companies announced or plan to launch such services in the coming months. Asking for longer term commitment of support on an untested service could be problematic for those that cannot afford to take a loss if it turns out engagement is low.

Apple is expected to launch the service as a premium subset of its Apple News app later this year and remains hopeful it can win over holdouts in the meantime.

We've asked Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.

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