Apple ponders subscription iPhones, Sony adds Plus tiers to Playstation: Vertical Hold Ep 372

Apple’s pondering making you buy your iPhone on subscription terms — but will that be a good deal for consumers? Speaking of good deals, Sony’s finally adding tiers to PlayStation Plus to take on Xbox Gamepass – but why do Aussies miss out on key features? Special guest Age/SMH/Press Any Button’s Tim Biggs!



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We’re talking subscriptions this week, because who actually “buys” stuff any more?

The rare and elusive PS5. If you can find one, you’re now going to have more subscription choices for PlayStation Plus.

Sony’s taking on Microsoft’s impressive Xbox GamePass by increasing the value — and price — of its PlayStation Plus service, but here in Australia we’ll miss key features and a whole slew of games. Does that make Sony’s subscription gaming service worthwhile, or best left behind?

Apple could make a lot of money from an iPhone subscription service — but what’s in it for you?

Meanwhile, the hot rumour of the day is that Apple’s going to shift to a model where you “subscribe” to get your next iPhone. It’s easy to see what’s in it for Apple, but how can it make that a compelling prospect for consumers?

We’re joined this week by the one and only Tim Biggs from the SMH, the Age and the Press Any Button newsletter!

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us