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Apple Celebrates a Successful 2019, Details Service Milestones

Apple has seen quite the successful 2019. The company grew in ways many were not expecting. In 2019, Apple released new services such as Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and Apple News+. On top of that, the company continued to improve App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Apple wrote a press release outlining some of the milestones. In the release, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services wrote:

2019 was the biggest year for Services in Apple’s history. We introduced several exciting new experiences for our customers, all while setting the standard for user privacy and security. We begin the new decade with incredible momentum and gratitude to our customers who have shown such enthusiasm for all of our Services, and we continue to celebrate the work of the world’s best creators, storytellers, journalists and developers.

Touching on some of Apple’s successes, the company’s App Store saw a record-breaking $1.42 billion spent worldwide between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 2019, a 16 percent increase over 2018.

Apple Music saw over 50 percent of users listening to music over the latest iOS 13 update. Apple Podcasts now features over 800,000 different shows across 155 countries.

The Apple TV app now supports over 30 Apple TV channels and will be supported on LG, Sony, and Vizio TVs later in 2020. Apple released Apple TV+ and saw garnered quite a bit of acclaim in its original content. The Morning Show was recently in the running for multiple Golden Globes. The service also launched shows such as See, Servant, and For All Mankind.

Apple Arcade launched and brought over 100 games to the ad-free service, including exclusive titles. The service helped titles such a Sayonara Wild Hearts get in the hands of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users for only a minimal monthly cost.

Apple News saw over 100,000 monthly users across Canada, U.S., Australia, and the U.K. Bolstered by the introduction of Apple News+, users now have access to the world’s largest magazines and newspapers. Apple News seeks to continue to provide up-to-date news coverage in the new year, especially with the upcoming election in the States.

Apple Card and Apple Pay have steadily provided users easy access to their funds via their Apple devices. Recently, Apple Card Monthly Installments were released to provide payment options for up to 24 months with zero interest. Major cities around the world have begun to support Apple Pay through their public transit systems, with even more cities ready to support the service this year.

All in all, Apple has seen a large uptick in the variety of services available to its customer base. With such a diverse array being supported, it will be interesting to see how Apple continues to innovate each one in 2020.

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