As iPhone sales fall, tech giant Apple is looking at expanding into other markets to boost their grip on the media/tech crossover market. To bolster their presence in this field, they have announced Apple News+, a subscription service which will combine over 300 magazines, newspapers and digital publication into one single app.
Apple News is already a handy app for those who like to curate their news intake between their preferred outlets, but this marks a huge improvement in the platform, taking it from what is essentially a digital newsstand to an entire newsagency in the palm of the user’s hand.
Launching for now in the US and Canada only, Apple News+ is designed to present the best and most relevant articles to meet any range of interests from well-known publications such as Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
“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.”
Subscribers will also have access to past issues and individual articles from the magazines included in their subscription price, which will include titles such as 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.
Apple News+ has been priced at USD$9.99/month. It is unclear when Apple News+ will be rolled out outside North America, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for an Australian version (with The Picture magazine, of course) sooner rather than later.