As Apple struggles with sluggish iPhone sales and a falling stock price, all eyes have turned to the company's services businesses and whether they can meet the company's lofty expectations.
Apple already gave us a few hints over the last month or so. In a series of uncharacteristic partnerships with tech rivals, Apple has shown its willingness to rethink how its tightly-controlled ecosystem of software and services can expand beyond the iPhone.
The famous Apple walled garden may not be crumbling, but the cracks are starting to show.
Apple's first major partnership announcement came in November, when Amazon said it would bring Apple Music to Echo devices and let users control playback using Alexa, a competitor to Siri. Less than a year earlier, Apple made an attempt to take on the Echo with its own HomePod speaker, so quickly partnering with Amazon felt like an admission by Apple that it can't generate the kind of momentum in the home that Alexa has captured.