Apple Is Giving Away Three Months of Free Apple News+

Posted on November 30, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 2 Comments

Remember Apple News+? Apple’s $9.99 a month news subscription service that gives users access to magazines and news? Well, it’s now a little more affordable — kind of.

Apple is giving away three months of Apple News+ in some countries for Black Friday. The company announced on Friday that customers in the United States and Canada can now get a 3 month free trial of Apple News+, reports MacRumors.

The offer is only available this weekend, so if you have any interest in Apple News+ and the magazines it offers, you may want to get the free trial. But don’t forget to actually unsubscribe before the trial period ends because Apple News+ will automatically renew at $9.99 per month.

And yes, that’s frankly a little too expensive for a news subscription service. Considering Apple TV+ comes at only $4.99 a month and the fact that it’s free for Apple Music Students users, the $9.99 a month pricing for Apple News+ simply doesn’t make any sense.

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2 responses to “Apple Is Giving Away Three Months of Free Apple News+”

  1. mattbg

    "Little too expensive for a news subscription service" by whose measure?

    The fee is primarily for the magazine subscriptions. The additional news content (WSJ, Times of London, and perhaps some others) you get as part of News+ is more expensive outside of News+.

    There's a clear value proposition here for people that want to pay for quality, distraction-free content but can't afford to pay 6x the amount to subscribe to a number of publications separately.

    To me, the main shortcoming of this service is that it's inaccessible to Windows users, which is a problem if you are in the iOS ecosystem away from the desktop. Also, their algorithms need some work. They should take a leaf from and separate the interests of people who pay vs people who don't :)

    But seriously - the ability to be able to focus on well-presented, distraction-free content is a huge selling point of this service to me. That alone is worth something.

  2. Dryloch

    Apple bought the Texture magazine service. I had a paid up subscription for a year. I asked them to transfer me to Apple but they would not and only offered a refund. I will not pay 9.99 a month for magazines.