Apple News Plus was launched in the UK and Australia this week, around seven months after its debut in the US and Canada.
As could be expected, the content of the news subscription service has been adapted to cater to local markets. In the US, Apple News Plus comes with a monthly subscription fee of $10.
For that, you get access to well over 300 newspapers and magazines, all of which you can read on your iPhone, Mac or iPad.
Apart from US publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and National Geographic, the £10/month version you can now sign up for in the UK gives you access to the Sunday Times, the Times, Elle UK, Cosmopolitan UK, Empire, Esquire UK, Grazia, Hello! and more.
In Australia, where the monthly subscription fee is AU$15, you get access to the Daily Telegraph, the Australian, the Courier Mail, the Herald Sun, Australian Women’s Health, the Advertiser, Australian Geographic and Australian Men’s Health.
If you are still not convinced, you can register for a one-month free trial and cancel it just before the month is over if you don’t like what you see. This offer is possibly what helped Apple to get 200,000 registrations within the first two days.
The company introduced the ability for subscribers to follow their favourite titles soon after the initial launch. These titles are easily accessible online, and they will also be automatically downloaded to your iPhone or other device for offline reading.
Before the launch of Apple News Plus, a number of publishers were apparently reluctant to join because Apple intended to keep half of the subscription fees for itself. The Washington Post and the New York Times eventually decided not to sign up.
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