Apple may unveil video and news services March 25 -- but no AirPods
The event is supposed to be a star-studded affair, with celebs like J.J. Abrams, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston invited.
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The video service is expected to launch by the summer, according to a report by Bloomberg Wednesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the plan. Stars working with Apple on original programming -- including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams -- are invited to the March event.
The unveiling of the news subscription service was expected to headline the presentation at the company's Apple Park campus, in the Steve Jobs Theater, according to a Tuesday report by BuzzFeed News. But it added that two other highly anticipated announcements -- next-generation AirPods and a new iPad Mini -- would be no-shows.
Apple declined to comment Tuesday on the details of BuzzFeed's report.
Apple's news subscription service was in the news earlier this week for the aggressive terms it's reportedly putting to news publishers. A report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources said Apple is asking publishers to agree to such terms as letting the tech giant keep half the service's revenue.
The news and video service would join the company's Apple Music monthly subscription service for all-you-can-eat tunes on demand. Apple also operates in digital media through iTunes and its App Store.
First published Feb. 12 at 2:06 p.m. PT. Update Feb. 13 at 4:25 p.m. PT: Adds report about video service plans.