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Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released every single day – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most important stories from the past week or so and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.
Let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines of late. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!
A month after advertising for a Head of Mobile to lead a renewed iOS and Android effort, Sony has been making fresh noises about mobile game development. Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has told investors that the company plans to bring some of its famous first-party PlayStation franchises to mobile. “In FY21 we will begin to publish some of our iconic PlayStation IP on mobile,” he said. Sony anticipates that these mobile efforts will become increasingly important over the coming years, as mobile gaming revenue overtakes console gaming.
The ongoing video streaming wars have taken another intriguing turn with the news that Amazon is to purchase MGM for $8.45 billion. The online retail giant is looking to give its Amazon Prime Video service a competitive jolt after the likes of Apple TV+ and Disney Plus entered the fray alongside longtime rival Netflix. By purchasing Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Amazon is buying exclusive access to a formidable library of more than 4,000 films and some 17,000 TV shows. Reports last year suggested that MGM had reached out to Apple over a potential purchase, but it’s going to be Amazon that gets to claim that famous roaring lion intro as its own.
According to The Information, Netflix is looking to hire an executive to lead a push into gaming. It doesn’t seem as if there are any solid plans as yet, but one idea is for “a bundle of games similar to Apple’s online subscription offering, Apple Arcade”. Apple Arcade is frequently labeled the “Netflix of gaming,” so it’s a sign of how successful it’s been to see the reference flipped around the other way. Another report from Axios repeats the Apple parallel, with one source likening Netflix’s plans to “a smaller Apple Arcade”. Expect licensed tie-ins with Netflix productions as well as original commissions.
It’s been a bad week for Apple keeping its forthcoming Beats headphones product quiet. The new in-ear buds have leaked in a variety of forms, including an FCC filing, some sharp renders, and even surreptitious in-the-wild shots of the product itself. To top it all off, US basketball star LeBron James appears to have been captured out and about wearing an early model of the so-called Beats Buds Pro. The offending white earphones can be ogled right there on James’s official Instagram page.