Here's a look at Apple News Plus, the company's new subscription news service
- On Monday, Apple announced Apple News Plus, a subscription service that offers users access through its news app to leading newspapers, digital publications, and more than 300 magazine titles.
- We signed up for a free trial of Apple News Plus to see how it worked and what it included.
- Below is a look inside the new Apple News Plus.
What can you expect from Apple News Plus, the new subscription news service from the maker of the iPhone?We signed up for a free trial to find out. We found an attractive, easy-to-use service with access to a great selection of magazines.Advertisement
Apple announced the new service, which costs $9.99 a month, at its press event Monday. Apple News Plus does not include access to stories from The New York Times or The Washington Post. But it does offer a lot of other things, including stories from The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Magazine, and People Magazine, among other publications.
Here's how to use and what to expect from Apple News Plus:
Before trying out Apple News Plus, you'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 12.2.
After opening the News app, tap on the new "News+" icon at the bottom and then on "Try It Free" to get started.Advertisement
Magazines get top billing in Apple News Plus.
You can browse the app's catalog of more than 300 magazines alphabetically.Advertisement
Alternatively, you can browse magazines in particularly categories, including "business and finance" and "featured."
Apple News Plus keeps tabs on magazines you've read or like, keeping them in a section called "My Magazines."Advertisement
If you scroll down the app's home screen, you'll find articles from magazines it knows you follow.
When you tap on a headline or photo promoting an article, you'll instantly be able to read it within the Apple News app.Advertisement
The full-magazine view lists the articles found inside; you can read them by simply tapping the headlines.
On the News Plus home screen, Apple also touts its major news partners, including The Wall Street Journal.Advertisement
Within the Apple News app, though, it's not easy to tell which articles the Journal or other providers are leaving off the service.
Despite the presence of the Journal and other newspapers, magazines seem to be the main focus of News Plus.Advertisement
For National Geographic, the issue's table of contents in the News app featured not just headlines, but thumbnail photos from each article.
The "My Magazines" section of the app highlights the issue you were reading most recently.Advertisement
Downloading magazines is useful when you're traveling or don't have an internet connection.
You can also find things to read by scrolling down the app's home screen; it collects articles in categories including politics, sports, and entertainment.Advertisement
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