02 April 2019
UPDATE (October 1st, 2019):
As announced during the launch event, Apple News Plus is finally available in the United Kingdom and Australia. This is the first global expansion of the news subscription service that was limited to the United States until now. It has been priced at £9.99 per month in the UK and $14.99 per month in Australia. It comes with a one-month free trial in both the countries so that users can see if the service is worth paying for.
The service remains exactly the same except that the UK and Australian editions offer access to more than 150 publications including local ones as compared to over 300 in the U.S. It is accessible via iPhone, iPad, and MacBook and you can choose to subscribe using any device of your choice.
Original (March 25th, 2019)
Apple’s "It’s Show Time" event was all about services and their updates and the show began with News Plus, the News service that now includes Magazine-reading experience. By the look of it and what Apple demoed at the event, it doesn’t look like a regular or boring update, rather it elevates the reading experience. Just like a traditional paper magazine, the News Plus service gives you the experience on the mobile phone – iPhone and iPad with ease.
Apple demoed how its new digitized magazine service works. The service has richly designed layouts that also feature animated covers and vivid colors and photography. Also, the navigation demoed at the event seemed quite smooth and access to everything is just a tap away. This lets you immerse in your reading as it’s not even cluttered with any kind of advertisement.
Apple emphasizes that it has a special curation team of editors and publishers that will curate high-quality content for the users and the process does hamper your privacy. In fact, Apple paid special attention to privacy while announcing its every new service at the show. With claims like “Apple doesn’t allow advertisers to track you,” the Cupertino-based company managed to turn some heads. Apple also promises that it won’t know what you read in Apple News Plus.
Apple announced that there will be over 300 magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Men’s Health, and Vogue. And, all these different categories will be offered in one package only. Also, The Wall Street Journal is one more big name that Apple has added to its news Plus service from the newspaper service. Furthermore, Apple News+ also provides access to premium online publications such as theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine’s sites Vulture, The Cut. According to Apple, the Apple News+ validates the power of premium content from great and trusted brands.
Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News said, “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.”
The new News Plus service by Apple will cost $9.99 per month for the subscription. Apple allows Family Sharing of the service with each user having their own individual favorites and customizations, similar to what Netflix also offers. This service will first reach the users in the US and Canada via an update to iOS and Mac. To sign up for Apple News+, customers must update to iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4.
Later, Australia and the UK will follow in the fall of this year, with the rest of Europe get it further.