During an interview with Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased new services coming from the Cupertino firm.
Cramer asked Cook how Apple planned to further grow its services business. As always, Cook didn’t go into details, but did tease new offerings that will debut in the coming year:
On services, you will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming. I don’t wanna tell you about what they are and I’m not gonna forecast precisely, the ramps and so forth. But they’re things that we feel really great about, that we’ve been working on for multiple years.
One of those expanded service offerings is likely to include Apple’s much-rumored news subscription service, which will be based on the Texture magazine platform the company acquired in 2018.
Another possibility is that Apple will finally begin the streaming of its own original video content, which is also rumored to be readying for a 2019 debut.
Cook also discussed Apple’s growing interest in the healthcare field, saying Apple’s “greatest contribution to mankind” will be health-related.
On healthcare in particular and your wellbeing, this is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, “What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind,” it will be about health.
Because our business has always been about enriching people’s lives. And as we’ve gotten into healthcare more and more through the Watch and through other things that we’ve created with ResearchKit and CareKit and putting your medical records on the iPhone, this is a huge deal.
And it’s something that is very important for people. We are democratizing it. We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. And we’re just at the front end of this. But I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question, Apple’s most important contribution to mankind has been in health.
Tim Cook’s full interview with Jim Cramer is available here.