Apple Highlights Services in 2021, Recaps Upcoming Features Like IDs on iPhone

Apple today highlighted the continued growth and expansion of its services in 2021, including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Maps, Apple Pay, Apple News, Apple Podcasts, Apple Fitness+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and more.

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"Apple's world-class portfolio of services proved essential in 2021, as people worldwide sought new ways to keep entertained, informed, connected, and inspired," said Apple's services chief Eddy Cue, adding that Apple has over 745 million active paid subscriptions across its services, including in-app subscriptions via the App Store.

A few notable details shared by Apple:

  • Developers selling digital goods and services have earned more than $260 billion since the App Store launched in 2008, setting a new record for yearly earnings. The figure stood at over $200 billion a year ago.
  • App Store customers spent more than ever before between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in 2021, with double-digit growth over the same year-ago period. Apple did not disclose a specific dollar amount.
  • Customers used 30 million digital tickets in the Wallet app for sports games, concerts, and other events across the U.S. and Canada in 2021.
  • Apple TV+ has received 763 award nominations and 190 wins since launching.

Apple also reiterated the following upcoming features:

  • iPhone and Apple Watch users will be able to add their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app in participating U.S. states later this year. Apple's website indicates the feature will be available in early 2022.
  • Apple Music plans to launch a dedicated classical music app later this year after acquiring classical music service Primephonic last year.
  • 3D Apple Maps will be available in Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver later this year.

The full press release has been posted to the Apple Newsroom and is a worthwhile read for those interested in learning the latest about Apple's services.

Top Rated Comments

KaliYoni Avatar
28 months ago
How 'bout this for a "world-class" service? Fix bugs and throughly QA macOS and iOS before releases are let out into the wild.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
28 months ago
Last year, millions of people asked Siri to play music

And for millions more, Siri played music for people who asked for traffic ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redheeler Avatar
28 months ago
Meanwhile I'm just wondering when we can expect 10 GB of free iCloud storage.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HiVolt Avatar
28 months ago
They recap the features they talked about a year ago but are still yet to be implemented. LOL.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pshady Avatar
28 months ago
Siri needs to be smarter. Also, I'm not handing the cops my phone to show them my drivers license.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Martin Bland Avatar
28 months ago
My favorite upcoming service is their snitch in your pocket service. When do we finally get government scanning of our phones, Apple?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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