The More-Financial-Products Edition Friday, October 14, 2022

Apple Teams Up With Goldman Sachs On High-yield Savings Account, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple is launching a no-fee, high-yield savings account with Goldman Sachs for its credit card customers, underlining the tech giant’s ambitions to offer more financial products to its billion-plus base of iPhone users.

Apple said the high-yield savings account would be available to Apple Card customers “in the coming months”.

Apple’s Smart Home Is Still A Few Bricks Short, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

But beyond issues of reliability, Apple’s smart home implementation has remained at times an exercise in frustration. Even now, years after its first release, it’s still missing a couple features whose absence leaves me scratching my head.


Taylor Swift’s Music To Be Featured In Apple Fitness Workout Programs: ‘Get Ready To Sweat, Swifties’, by Hannah Dailey, Billboard

There’s never been a better time for a Swifties to start their fitness journeys. In a Thursday (Oct. 13) Instagram post, Apple Fitness+ announced that its newest set of exercise programs will be designed around the music of Taylor Swift, featuring songs specially curated for yoga, treadmill and HIIT workouts.

Anker Refreshes Kickstand MagSafe Power Bank With More Convenient USB-C Port Placement, by Rikka Altland, 9to5Toys

But where Anker does begin to mix things up for its latest MagSafe power bank is the additional functionality. It’s a design we’ve seen in the past, but now the brand is adding in a fold out kickstand for propping up your device.


NFL Sunday Ticket Still Up For Grabs As Apple Pushes For Flexibility With Game Rights, by Alex Sherman, CNBC

But existing restrictions around Sunday Ticket have slowed negotiations between Apple and the NFL in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter. Talks between the league and potential buyers of Sunday Ticket are continuing, the people said.


Apple isn't interested in simply acting as a conduit for broadcasting games, according to Eddie Cue, Apple's senior vice president of services. Cue oversees Apple's media and sports partnerships and its streaming service, Apple TV+. Apple is looking for partnerships with sports leagues in which it can offer consumers more than standard rights agreements — such as having free rein to offer games globally or in local markets.

Netflix’s Ad Tier Will Cost $6.99 A Month And Launch In November, by Charles Pulliam-Moore , The Verge

Netflix announced today that its new Basic with Ads tier is slated to launch on November 3rd, 2022, for $6.99 in the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. In exchange for making you watch an average of four to five ads per hour that run anywhere from 15–30 seconds, Basic with Ads will give subscribers access to a large swath of Netflix’s programming but not the platform’s full catalog.

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I was wrong. I did not expect Apple to be that interested in sports programming. And Apple seems to be confident in its capability to pick and choose, and to support a not-that-popular league.

Now, let's see what Apple in the rest of the world.


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