In November, a report published by Bloomberg stated that an Apple services bundle including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, for a single monthly fee could become a reality ‘as soon as 2020’.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the report stated that Apple was considering the move ‘in a bid to gain more subscribers’.
Now, 9to5Mac reports to have found evidence that the company is currently developing a bundle, citing iOS 13.5.5 beta code.
9to5Mac claims to have found references to phrases such as “bundle offer” and “bundle subscription” in iOS 13.5.5 internal files that weren’t present in previous versions of iOS.
“These codes are related to the management system of Apple’s own services subscriptions like Apple News+, so we believe the company still has plans to offer a discount combo with its services,” reports 9to5Mac.
In spite of the suggested development of a multi-service subscription for a combined monthly cost for News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music subscriptions, Apple still has a few obstacles to overcome before a bundle could be rolled out.
The company recently signed multi-year licensing deals with Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music for its music streaming service Apple Music, which the Financial Times reported do not allow Apple to bundle Apple Music with other services, so it will need new deals with the majors in order to do so.
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