Tech giant Apple has launched its first sports-specific app, offering users real-time scores, team stats, and betting odds across several major sports leagues in the US, the UK, and Canada.

On its launch, Apple Sports will cover basketball’s NBA, ice hockey’s NHL, college sports’ NCAA, and North American soccer’s MLS, as well as other soccer leagues including the English Premier League, Bundesliga (Germany) LaLiga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France), Serie A (Italy) and Liga MX (Mexico).

Apple said that baseball’s MLB, American football’s NFL, the NCAAF, women’s soccer’s NWSL, and women’s basketball’s WNBA will be available “for their upcoming seasons.”

The app is free to download for iPhone users only.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, has said: “We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast access to scores and stats.

“Apple Sports is available for free in the App Store and makes it easy for users to stay up to date with their favorite teams and leagues.”

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The app directly feeds into sports streaming services, allowing users to use Apple TV Plus or other supported streaming services to watch live games.

The company has also said users will be able to turn betting odds off in the settings.

The new app comes on the back of Apple's increased involvement in live sports, having secured global rights to MLS for the next 10 years and launching streaming service MLS Season Pass last year.  

Along with MLS and the Leagues Cup, MLS Season Pass also airs matches from the development leagues MLS Next Pro and MLS Next. Its programming also includes the MLS 360 studio show.

Apple's MLS Season Pass also aired all matches of last year’s Leagues Cup, the annual competition featuring clubs from the MLS and Liga MX, in Mexico after securing a rights deal with the Mexican league.

It has also been airing Friday Night Basketball since 2022.