On Thursday, respected Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said Apple may soon unveil a set of new internet-based services. The revelation comes after the analyst's recent meeting with Apple management.
According to Huberty, Apple may use it's June 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference to unveil refreshes of iOS and Mac OS X, as well as several new services. These services, she speculates, may include streaming music or even mobile payments.
"From our recent meetings with management, we believe Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of Internet Software and Services, is working hard to improve Apple’s existing Internet-based services, such as iCloud and Maps, and at the same time planning to launch new services," Huberty wrote Thursday.
We believe Apple could charge either developers or users for some of these services, which could boost Apple’s annuitized revenue stream and better monetize its large user base. For example, Apple could offer a streaming music service using a freemium model. Users could listen for free with advertisements, or pay monthly or annually to listen without advertisements and with potential access to more features.
Huberty today even raised the prospect of Apple releasing a "killer app" the magnitude of which could rival Siri's impact on iOS.