Apple made an announcement on Mar. 24, during a much-anticipated event at the “Steve Jobs Theater” in Cupertino, Calif., that Apple News would be launching a paid subscription service. This service is called Apple News+. This could be a game changer for enthusiastic news readers who get frustrated continuously with limited articles and paywalls.
Apple CEC Tim Cook made an announcement during the live stream that the new development would include hundreds of magazines and newspapers that subscribers can get access to for a monthly fee of only $9.99.
He also stated that “We’re bringing magazines to Apple News.” “Magazines are iconic, and a part of our culture … all of these magazines come to life in an all-new service that we call Apple News+. This is going to take Apple News to a whole new level.”
Apple News will still be made available for free, and from today, Apple users will be offered a free month of Apple News+. However, a monthly subscription of $9.99 is required to access this feature. It can be used for anyone on your account with no extra charges.
Mr Tim notes that subscription on more than 300 newspapers and magazines offered by Apple News+ would attract an $8000 yearly fee, making The company a stellar deal at just under $120 yearly.
Although some magazines and newspapers give users access to a certain amount of articles per month without any fee, others need a digital subscription to gain access to content. It can be a very frustrating task keeping track of subscriptions.
Cook said, apart from magazines that offer Live Photo covers and add all of the original photos, Apple News+ would also feature digital access to newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
The New York Times announced earlier this month that their newspaper wouldn’t be a part of the news service. “We tend to be quite leery about the idea of almost habituating people to find our journalism somewhere else,” said Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times, to Reuters. “We’re also generically worried about our journalism being scrambled in a kind of Magimix (blender) with everyone else’s journalism.”
We are not yet sure if Apple users would be able to add Apple services like music, news, and streaming for a monthly payment. Apple News+ is just what you need if you want all your news in one place. Just like the free version of the upgraded Apple News, users would be able to access this platform on all Apple devices starting from today.
This service is not available to non-Apple users (yet). Mr. Cook added that over 5 billion articles are currently being accessed monthly on Apple News, putting it as number one news app on the list. He also said, “Apple News has become an essential daily destination for millions of people,” he said.
Mr Cook added that Apple News and Apple News+ doesn’t give advertisers access to track readers. This means that whatever informations you access won’t pop up in your social media feeds.
What do you think? Want to get it a try?