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Apple News+ gives you access to 300 trusted magazines and select newspapers for free.  Apple News+ is bringing magazines and newspapers into the fold, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, giving you access to over 300 high-quality digital magazines and premium newspapers in the Apple News app.

It’ll launch starting today in the US and Canada, and while Apple’s fancy, curated RSS news reader will remain free, the digital magazines and newspapers will cost money  one flat fee for access to all of the premium content.

Launching with iOS 12.2 today, Apple News+ builds on the success of Apple News, which is already the No. 1 news app in the world, according to Cook. He cited its unique features like hand-picked stories, saying “it’s critical that it’s trusted.”  The new magazine portion of the app take cues from Texture service, a small digital magazine subscription service Apple bought last year. It was called ‘the Netflix of Magazine’ and that seems to be what Apple is doing here in the News+ app.

Apple News+ will be personalization with your privacy intact – meaning advertisers can’t track you. That was the first perk, Apple touted. The all-you-can-read aspect was the next highlight. You’re not going to have to pay for the 300 magazines individually.

Premium digital subscriptions like Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired and National Geographic are included in Apple News+, and this means there’s a fee of $9.99 a month.

The value of Apple News+ went up when Cook mentioned that, at no extra charge, it’ll be available to an entire family through Family Sharing. Each person in your family gets full access to the entire catalogue and has their own personalization preferences. In this way, Apple News+ takes cues from Apple Music.

The addition of magazines is one of many services Apple has announced today. It’s also releasing an Apple Credit Card, Apple Arcade bundled game app service, and Apple TV+.

 

 

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