Apple reveals triple-camera iPhone; $5 monthly streaming TV undercuts Disney
11 September, 2019, 10:26 pm
CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) caught up with hardware rivals on Tuesday by revealing a triple-camera iPhone, and it rolled out a streaming TV service priced at $5 a month, undercutting Disney and Netflix.
The announcements came at the company’s biggest marketing event, where it unveils its top products for the year ahead, and showcased an aggressive Apple ready to battle on price.
The long-awaited Apple TV+ streaming television service will be available in over 100 countries, starting in November.
The service will not be available in China when it launches, nor will the Apple Arcade video game subscription.
Buyers of an iPhone, iPad or Mac will get a free year of streaming TV, potentially drawing hundreds of millions of viewers to the service.
That catapults the new service into a rarified group of companies.
“I think the pricing on the Apple TV service was definitely a positive surprise,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.
“That’s why you’re seeing the hammering in some of the other video service-related names like Netflix, Amazon and Roku. Clearly, that was a positive that people were happy to hear.”
There was no bundle with Apple Music or other services as some analysts had expected. But Ben Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, said the TV service, a $5 a month “Arcade” gaming service and the base model iPhone 11, seem designed to draw in users for the longer term.
“We weren’t expecting Apple Arcade and particularly Apple TV to be priced as aggressively as they were,” Bajarin said.
“They know once consumers get into their ecosystem, they don’t leave.”
Apple said its new iPhone 11 will come with two back cameras, including an ultra wide-angle lens and the next generation of microchips, the A13.
Prices start at $699, down from last year’s new iPhone that started at $749.
The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro will have three cameras on the back – wide angle, telephoto and ultra-wide.
It can create videos with all three back cameras and the front camera at the same time and starts at $999.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max with a bigger screen starts at $1,099.
The new phones are available to order Friday and will start shipping Sept. 20.
Rivals including Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) already sell phones with three cameras on the back.
While Apple once tested the upper limits of what consumers would pay for a phone, it is now giving ground on prices, even making older models available at significant discounts to the latest technology.