Apple introduces its News+ magazine service

Apple has introduced its Texture-based enhancement to Apple News, called Apple News+, a subscription service offering over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers within Apple News.

US and Canada now, UK and Australia later this year

Available in the US and Canada, Apple News+ offets titles including Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Free Apple News content remains available.

“We’re committed to supporting quality journalism, and with Apple News+, we want to celebrate the great work being done by magazines and news outlets,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We think the breadth and quality of publications within Apple News+ will encourage more people to discover stories and titles they may never have come across before.”

Who is taking part

The list of names taking part includes names some had claimed would never make the cut.

The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Health, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, People, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Travel + Leisure, Vanity Fair, Vogue, WIRED and Woman’s Day.2

The service also includes The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper alongside access to premium online publications such as theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine’s sites Vulture, The Cut and Grub Street, and Extra Crunch from Verizon Media’s TechCrunch.

What it looks like

You get the richly designed layouts you’d expect.

You also get platform unique features such as animated covers, viphotography and bold typography optimised for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

There are also individual article and issue recommendations based on both editorial curation and personalised suggestions that maintain user privacy.

What it costs

Apple News+ is available today in the US for $9.99 a month and in Canada for $12.99 a month.

Customers can sign up for a free one-month trial, and the plan automatically renews after the trial ends. To sign up for Apple News+, customers must update to iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple News+ subscription.

Apple News+ will be available in the UK and Australia later this year.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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