Apple notes the content will be specially adapted to be browsed on the phone (so not just PDF versions of the actual magazine) and, reminiscent of Happy Potter, the cover of the magazines will be video clips.
The service will cost $9.99 per months and offer over 300 magazines including TIME, National Geographic, Billboard, and more, and also a number of newspapers, including Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Apple says subscribing to each individually would cost over $8000 per year.
According to reports, however, the Wall Street Journal, which normally costs $40 per month, will not be offering all their content, only a “curated collection of general interest news.”
WSJ internal memo says Apple News+ users will only get a "curated collection of general interest news." To access biz reporting, you'll still have to subscribe to the WSJ. Memo says "our collaboration with Apple will also extend to areas like video, voice, market data and AI."
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The service will launch as part of the Apple News app with support for Family Sharing, allowing the whole family to access all the content at no extra charge. Apple says no data will be sent back to Apple and recommendations will be made on-device.
It will launch in USA and Canada (in both French and English versions, with 30 magazines and one newspaper, the Star) and will expand to UK and Australia later this year.
See Apple’s size reel below: