Editors note: please welcome guest author Corey Robertson with a tech update from the intersection of Disney and Apple
Apple is launching a slew of new products today and we expect Disney to be present at the event in more ways than one. Disney and Apple work very close together because of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s dedication to technology and his seat on Apple’s board of directors. The relationship that these two companies have allows Disney to always be one of the first partners when Apple is launching a new product. When Apple launched Metal, it’s mobile gaming API, Disney was on-hand showing a demo of the Disney Infinity iOS app taking advantage of Metal. When Apple launched Apple Pay, Disney announced it would be accepting the payment platform in it’s Disney Store’s and at Disney theme parks. Most recently, at the Apple Watch launch, Apple revealed that the classic Mickey Mouse watch face would be available to those who purchased the watch. Today, with the launch of the new Apple TV, we expect Disney to partner with Apple again to help introduce this product to the world.
Disney currently has a huge presence on the Apple TV. The company has almost all of its content distribution apps for streaming on the Apple TV. However, not all are currently available. We expect Disney to launch these new Apple TV apps either today at the event or in the coming weeks.
- Disney Infinity Gaming app with controller support. In addition to the app we could see a bluetooth connected portal base that pairs with Apple TV.
- Disney Movies Anywhere app that works similarly to the iOS mobile application that allows users to watch purchased Disney Movies within the application.
- Maker Studios Apple TV app that organizes YouTube content from Maker studios creators.
- ABC Family Apple TV app that allows you to stream your favorite shows.
Here are some products that are not likely to be announced today. Expect these offerings within the next year or two!
- A stand-alone ESPN subscription service that breaks free from the cable bundle that will give customers a chance to pay for ESPN separately.
- A Disney bundled subscription service that is separate from cable, and includes Disney’s full channel lineup. (Disney Channels, ESPN, ABC, Fusion, A&E network channels, and Maker)
- Disney will offer channels in Apple’s new streaming subscription service that is expected to launch sometime next year.
None of these products are definite, but we do expect Disney to be present and a strong supporter of the new Apple TV. Whether or not Disney makes announcements today or in the coming weeks, we are very excited and interested in what Disney will offer fans who purchase the new Apple TV.
Corey is a graduate of the University of Maryland and currently works at an elementary school as a paraeducator. He is a passionate fan of the Walt Disney Company and loves everything Disney! Corey is also an avid reader of tech blogs.