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Technology Apple Arcade just got a lot cheaper, if you're willing to pay for a whole year

15:45  17 december  2019
15:45  17 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Apple is slashing the annual price of Apple Arcade , its fledgling video game subscription service. The catch is you have to subscribe for 12 months to get the Apple Arcade 's new annual subscription costs .99 per year , which is about cheaper than subscribing each month for 12 months.

Apple is slashing the annual price of Apple Arcade , its fledgling video game subscription service. The catch is you have to subscribe for 12 months to get the reduced price. Apple Arcade 's new annual subscription costs .99 per year

Apple is slashing the annual price of Apple Arcade, its fledgling video game subscription service. The catch is you have to subscribe for 12 months to get the reduced price.

Ann Thai, director of product management for the App Store at Apple Inc., speaks about Apple Arcade during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Apple will unveil the latest iPhones as well as updates for the Apple Watch, with the products going on sale this month in a potential boost to fourth-quarter results. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Ann Thai, director of product management for the App Store at Apple Inc., speaks about Apple Arcade during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Apple will unveil the latest iPhones as well as updates for the Apple Watch, with the products going on sale this month in a potential boost to fourth-quarter results. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Apple Arcade's new annual subscription costs $49.99 per year, which is about $10 cheaper than subscribing each month for 12 months. (Apple's month subscription fee for Arcade remains $4.99.)

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Apple Arcade is a great little service trying to hit several niche keywords - family-friendly, offline, indie, casual, no-microtransaction - for a no-frills gaming As the service stands today, here’s the bottom line: if you don’t need AAA titles, Apple Arcade has a lot of surprises and genuinely pleasant games

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Customers can access the new pricing in the Account tab in the iOS App Store, in the upper right hand corner, by clicking on Subscriptions.

Apple didn't immediately comment about why it made the change. The new annual subscription was first reported by German tech blog iFun.de.

Arcade launched in September and has more than 100 games, including "Pac-Man," "Lego" and "Sonic the Hedgehog." Apple differentiated its service from competitors by not allowing game makers to charge for in-app items, which are common in popular games like Candy Crush Saga or Fortnite.

The company is shifting its strategy to selling services as iPhone sales slow. It's succeeding: Services sales, which include Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud, rose by more than 16% over the past year. Apple's services business is now larger than any of the company's other business units, other than the iPhone.

In addition to Apple Arcade, Apple also offers discounted annual subscription prices for its other services, including Apple Music and Apple TV+.

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