Apple News and Magazines
While it’s been largely eclipsed by the impending launch of Apple’s video service, we should also expect to see a release of Apple’s new premium news and magazine service. In fact, the first leak of Apple’s March event suggested that this would be the headline announcement, before Apple’s video service stole the centre stage.
Like the video service, the nature of Apple’s News and Magazine service still has questions to be answered. The expectation is that Apple will charge a flat fee for unlimited access to participating magazines and major news publications, but while magazine publishers are already on board, Apple has been having more difficulty working up enthusiasm among major news publications.
We’ve known magazine subscriptions were coming since Apple acquired Texture last year — a publisher-backed service that basically did the same thing, and new code found in recent iOS 12.2 betas suggests that Apple already has the foundations in place. It’s a safe bet that Apple will have this one ready to go very soon after next week’s unveil, with the only real question being how much it’s going to cost, and which publications will be participating at launch.