Apple Announces Apple News+, Its New Magazine Subscription Service

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 12 Comments

Apple is launching its news subscription service today: Apple News+. After the company acquired digital magazine subscription service Texture back in 2018, this was a no-brainer.

Apple News+ will be integrated into the Apple News app. Apple says the company’s Apple News app is the #1 news app with millions of articles being read every month.

The company’s new subscription service will allow Apple device owners to get access to magazines and news for a monthly subscription right from Apple News. It’s essentially a Netflix for Magazines.

Apple News+ will highlight magazines in interesting ways, with things like digital live covers that animate the covers for a new magazine issue, for example. You will be able to swipe between different articles within an issue as well. The design of the service is designed in a way to offer an immersive reading experience regardless of if you are on an iPhone or an iPad. There are different ways to browse throughout the service, including finding the entire catalog. Apple News+ will also highlight different magazines through things like First Look, and more.

You will get access to around 300 magazines on the service. Apple is announcing some major publishers that will also be part of its new news subscription as well, though a lot of big-name publishers are missing from the list. It will include news from publishers like theSkimm, TechCrunch, The Cut, Los Angeles Times, The Star, and The Wall Street Journal.

Apple is also promising complete privacy with the new service, which means advertisers won’t be able to track you. That means what you read about on Apple News or Apple News+ won’t follow you elsewhere on the internet.

Apple News+ will be available for $9.99 per month (with the first month being free), giving you access to all the magazines and news publishers. The service works with Apple’s Family Sharing system so you only have to pay once and everyone else in your family will get access to the same magazines and news. It will be available in the United States and Canada. It will be coming to Australia and Europe, starting with the UK, later in the year.

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Apple Announces Apple News+, Its New Magazine Subscription Service”

  1. karlinhigh

    Nice overview.

  2. Daekar

    So... is it cross-platform?

  3. cheetahdriver

    There have been some pretty interesting articles about the NYTimes emphatically saying no to this, and the WSJ diving in. If you look at the cost of the WSJ only vs the cost of Apple news, you are better off doing Apple news. I might try it just for that.

  4. dstrauss

    Wouldn't get too excited about WSJ just yet; this mornings description at WSJ says that business/financial reporting will be deprecated in favor of political, entertainment, and social content - an "enhanced" USA Today?

  5. skramer49

    Yes. The "+" content will be curated by the publishers. It will not be full access subscription.


  6. sidneyp

    This is compelling for me simply based on Wall St. Journal access. Currently WSJ charges $15.60 a month for digital access. For $9.99 a month I would get WSJ and all the other magazines.

    • Andi

      In reply to sidneyp:

      Read on other outlets, the Verge to be precise, that WSJ offers a limited selection of articles on this service. It's not equivalent to your direct WSJ subscription.

  7. jjbond

    How pathetic, therre are more versions of National Geographic than there are OSX, MAC or iPhone magazines combined, huge fail!!!!

  8. james.h.robinson

    I tried out Apple News+ yesterday. It is basically Apple News + Texture. As a subscriber to Texture, I'm pleased. The 300 magazines are the same as Texture and they are the FULL magazines, not a curated version.

  9. Patrick3D

    Not interested, they didn't even bother to show a single Mac-related magazine for the service, let alone any photography magazines for professionals. Makes me question what audience they are targeting with this service.