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Oprah was one of the many stars on stage to launch Apple TV+ Monday.

Apple unveiled a slew of media-focused products and services from its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.

The big picture: The company is going all-in on its services, introducing new media apps and services like Apple News+ and Apple Arcade, and bolstering others like its payment options with a credit card.

TV:

  • Apple unveiled a new TV app, highlighting a large catalog of movies and shows, with human editor and machine learning-based recommendations for users. It will also include live sports and notifications for games.
  • The company is also introducing "skinny bundles" of cable network subscriptions.
  • The new Apple TV app will be available on iOS devices, Macs and on non-Apple smart TV devices, including Roku and Amazon FireTV.
  • Apple also unveiled TV+, a slew of original content exclusive to its platform. Producers, directors, and actors involved in the various projects include Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Alfre Woodard, and Kumail Nanjiani.
  • Oprah appeared at the event to debut two new documentaries, stressing the impact that Apple has on shaping the conversation around issues related to humanity. "They’re in a billion pockets, y’all, a billion pockets," she said in reference to Apple's active devices.

Apple News:

  • Apple is adding a new service called News+ to its existing news app, which will include magazines. The company is making use of its acquisition last year of Texture, an app that lets users access its catalog of magazines for a monthly subscription.
  • Similarly to the News app's treatment of news articles, News+ will make recommendations of individual magazine articles and issues to the user based on personalized interests and curated featured content.
  • Apple also announced partnerships with a handful of other news partners, including theSkimm, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, Vulture, The Cut, TechCrunch, Grub Street
  • Notably, Apple highlighted that the service won't let advertisers to track its users, meaning that what they read on News+ won't follow them around the internet. (This was met with big applause from the audience.)
  • Apple News+ will cost $9.99 per month, with free family sharing, the first month free, and will be available in the U.S. and Canada.

Apple Pay:

  • The company unveiled Apple Card, a new credit card service, which users can apply for via their iPhone. Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for this, and says that the former will not sell or share user data to third-party marketers and advertisers.
  • The card comes with a rewards program, which collects rewards in the form of cash instead of points. Users can also get 2% of their spending via Apple Pay back on a daily basis, and 3% on purchases from Apple. Users that get the corresponding physical card will also get 1% cash back on purchases made with it.
  • The card has no fees, and comes with low interest rates. It will be available this summer.
  • Apple Pay also announced it's adding public transit payments for its first U.S. cities—Portland, Chicago, and New York. It's already available in a number of cities in other countries.

Games:

  • Apple unveiled Arcade, its new subscription service for iOS-based video games. Users will have all-inclusive and unlimited access to more than 100 games, which will all be available offline across any Apple device.
  • Apple Arcade will be available in 150 countries and regions in the fall, with prices to be disclosed at a later time.

Go deeper

Texas abortion law remains in effect after appeals court ruling

Pro- and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A U.S. appeals court transferred a challenge to Texas' law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to the state supreme court in a 2-1 vote on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means the country's most restrictive abortion law can remain in place for the time being.

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At least 2 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least two people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. A New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told Axios over the phone that two people had been confirmed to have died in the disaster.

Airlines call for Biden admin's "immediate intervention" in 5G deployment

Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The CEOs of leading U.S. air cargo and passenger carriers on Monday warned the Biden administration there could be "catastrophic disruption" after AT&T and Verizon deploy a new 5G service this week.

Driving the news: They said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other top federal officials ahead of the C-Band 5G service's deployment Wednesday that "the nation's commerce will grind to a halt" and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."