Mar 25, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Attorney Michael Avenatti is being charged by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and Los Angeles in two separate cases. Read the charges.

1 big thing: The great Apple bundle

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

You could see in Apple's big hullabaloo today a glimpse of the great bundles of the future, built around phones instead of televisions.

Take a look at the startling breadth of the emerging Apple suite of subscription offerings:

  • What you read: Apple News+ ($9.99/month)
  • What you watch: Apple TV+ (A new TV app that also features a variety of skinny bundle options at $9.99 each, as well as original programming from talent like Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Alfre Woodard and Kumail Nanjiani.)
  • What you listen to: Apple Music ($9.99/month)
  • What you play: Apple Arcade (price TBD)
  • How you pay: Apple Card, a new credit card that uses Apple Pay

The big picture: This isn't exactly like Amazon Prime, where you pay a big yearly cost in exchange for a huge array of offerings. But it appears to be a step in that direction, with hardcore Apple users now easily able to pay the cost of a subsidized old iPhone in annual subscriptions alone.

Between the lines: The Apple Card picked up the most instant buzz.

  • Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard and says 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.
  • The card has no fees, and it comes with low interest rates. It will be available this summer.
  • Apple Pay is 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.

The bottom line: You get what you pay for, particularly on privacy. That's in cash for Apple, and data for Google.

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Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

This combination of pictures created yesterday shows an assortment of improvised explosive devices and explosive belts lying on the ground a day after the Islamic State (ISIS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

2. What you missed
  1. President Trump said today that "it wouldn't bother" him at all if the full Mueller report were made public.
  2. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of several prominent Republicans to demand that House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff step down for promoting allegations of a Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia. Details.
  3. Duke University has agreed to pay the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle allegations that it knowingly falsified or fabricated data research in 30 grants. Go deeper.
  4. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) won't seek re-election in 2020 after two terms in office.
  5. Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Details.
  6. The father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim was found dead at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Connecticut, in what is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
3. 1 pot thing: Bingo and bongs

A cannabis dispensary in California. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

New retirement excursion: "The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village," AP reports from Southern California.

  • "There they board a bus for a quick trip. ... The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products."
  • “'It’s like the ultimate senior experience,' laughs 76-year-old retired beauty products distributor Ron Atkin."

Dive on in.

Mike Allen