American tech giant Apple’s three-month free trial for new users has been reduced to one month in some countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom, between others.
This decision does not affect the limited six-month trial program granted for a limited time with the purchase of certain Apple devices, such as AirPods, HomePod mini and certain Beats products.
Monthly subscription rates also don’t seem to be affected at this time. An individual Apple Music plan still costs $9.99 (about 750 rupees) ($4.99 (about 370 rupees) for students), and a family plan for five people costs $14.99 (about 1,120 rupees).
There’s also the new Apple Music Voice plan, which gives you limited access to part of the music catalog via voice and Siri, with no spatial or lossless audio for $4.99 (around Rs. 370) per month.
Apple is exploring ways to potentially try to narrow the huge gap between it and Spotify, which remains the titan of music streaming market share.
In other Apple-related news, the Cupertino-based tech giant plans to launch the iPhone SE 3 and a new iPad at an upcoming event on March 8. According to a Bloomberg report, the new iPhone will be the first update to the iPhone SE. model in two years and will feature 5G network capabilities, an improved camera and a faster processor.
With the planned launch still more than a month away, Apple’s plans could change in the face of production delays or other changes, the report adds.
Regarding a new upcoming iPhone SE, a recent report claimed that Apple has imported three new iPhone models – A2595, A2783 and A2784 – to India along with two new iPad models – A2588 and A2589 – that she plans to launch at her spring launch event later this year. The iPhone SE 3 will be priced around $300 (around Rs 22,500) while the tablets will cost between $500 (around Rs 37,400) to $700 (around Rs 52,400), according to the report.