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Apple News Plus: magazine list, cost, and release date
3:01 am | March 26, 2019

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Update: We’re tallying the Apple News Plus magazine list below. We’ve spotted over 120 magazine and newspaper titles of the 300 publications that will be part of the service, and we also break down how much it’ll cost.

Apple News Plus is bringing magazines into the fold, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook during today’s Apple TV Plus keynote, giving you access to over 300 high-quality digital magazines and premium newspapers in the Apple News app.

It’ll launch starting today in the US and Canada, and while Apple’s fancy, curated RSS news reader will remain free, the digital magazines and newspapers will cost money – luckily just one flat fee for access to all of the premium content.

Launching with iOS 12.2, Apple News Plus builds on the success of Apple News, which is already the No. 1 news app in the world, according to Cook. He cited its unique features like hand-picked stories, saying “it’s critical that it’s trusted.”

The new magazine portion of the app take cues from Texture service, a small digital magazine subscription service Apple bought last year. It was called ‘the Netflix of Magazine’ and that seems to be what Apple is doing here in the News Plus app.

The addition of magazines is one of many services Apple has announced today. It’s also releasing an Apple Credit Card, Apple Arcade bundled game app service, and Apple TV Plus.

Apple News Plus cost and how it works

Apple News Plus will be personalization, yet your privacy will remain intact – meaning advertisers can’t track you. That was the first perk, Apple touted (and it’s championing privacy more and more in its product announcements). The all-you-can-read aspect was the next highlight. You’re not going to have to pay for the 300 magazines individually.

“I love the feeling of being at the newsstand,” said Cook at Apple’s keynote, noting that you’re usually only able to buy one or two publications. Apple News Plus changes up the usual limitation with an all-read-you-read plan. 

The basic version of the news app will remain free, however, there’ll be a News Plus tab that consists of magazine like Rolling Stone, Popular Science, Vogue and Outside. Like the old Apple News app, Apple News Plus magazines will be curated for human editors and then personalized to you from your device.

New issues and featured articles will help you break out news content you’ll want to read. Think of it as the hit single of a record. It’ll let you bypass cover stories to find articles deep inside a magazine that are of interest to you.

Premium digital subscriptions like Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired and National Geographic are included in Apple News Plus, and this means there’s a fee of $9.99 a month. Yes, you’ll have to pay for written content (and actually support journalism), but all of the subscriptions would cost you over $8,000 a year.

The value of Apple News Plus went up when Cook mentioned that, at no extra charge, it’s available to an entire family through Family Sharing. Each person in your family gets full access to the entire catalogue on their devices and has their own personalization preferences. In this way, Apple News Plus takes cues from Apple Music.

Apple News Plus magazine list

Apple hasn’t announced an official list of magazines (and we’re currently downloading the iOS 12.2 update). In the meantime, we were able to cobble together a number of publications from Apple’s keynote slides.

Here are some of the 300 magazines and newspapers promised:

  1. Woman’s Health
  2. Men’s Health
  3. GQ
  4. National Review
  5. Vogue
  6. Prevention
  7. Real Simple
  8. Billboard
  9. Reader’s Digest
  10. InStyle
  11. Shape
  12. Eating Well
  13. This Old House
  14. People
  15. Clean Eating
  16. Outside
  17. Vanity Fair
  18. New York Magazine
  19. The New Yorker
  20. The Atlantic
  21. Travel + Leisure
  22. Condé Nast Travler
  23. Sunset
  24. Essence
  25. Food & Wine
  26. Cosmopolitan
  27. Road Track
  28. The Hollywood Reporter
  29. Bicycling
  30. Flying
  31. Fast Company
  32. Rolling Stone
  33. Bon Appétit
  34. Make
  35. Variety
  36. Racer
  37. Boating
  38. Boy’s Life
  39. Bloomberg Businessweek
  40. Adweek
  41. AD
  42. Motortrend
  43. Esquire
  44. Bazaar
  45. Time
  46. Marie Claire
  47. Fortune
  48. Health
  49. House & Home
  50. Allrecipes
  51. Midwest Living
  52. Sports Illustrated
  53. Golf
  54. Southern Living
  55. Popular Science
  56. Car and Driver
  57. Sailing World
  58. Town & Country
  59. Martha Stewart Living
  60. Entertainment Weekly
  61. Elle
  62. National Geographic
  63. Runner’s Magazine
  64. ESPN Magazine
  65. Afar
  66. Allure
  67. Automobile
  68. Better Homes & Gardens
  69. Backpacker
  70. CNET
  71. Country Living
  72. Consumer Reports
  73. Cruising World
  74. Ebony
  75. Dwell
  76. Cycle World
  77. Domino
  78. Decor
  79. Entrepreneur
  80. Family Handyman
  81. Naturally
  82. Field & Stream
  83. Garden & Gun
  84. Good Housekeeping
  85. Hot Rod
  86. House Beautiful
  87. The Cut
  88. Wired

Select newspapers

  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The Wall Street Journal

Premium Digital Subscriptions

  • The Skimm
  • The Highlight by Vox
  • Vulture
  • Grub Street
  • The Cut
  • TechCrunch

Canadian newspaper and magazines

  • The Star (newspaper)
  • Our Canada
  • Ottawa
  • 5-15 (5 ingredients in 15 minutes)
  • Sélection
  • Gripped
  • Cottage Life
  • Triathlon
  • Running
  • Best Health
  • The Walrus
  • Hello
  • Fashion
  • Zoomer
  • Ricardo
  • L’actualité
  • Véro
  • Toronto Life
  • Best Health
  • Canadian Cycling
  • Moi Parent
  • Mieux Etre
  • Today’s Parent
  • Reader’s Digest Canada
  • Maclean’s
  • Hockey News
  • Je Cuisine

Publications like National Geographic were demoed to have Live Covers, or animated photos of what’s usually on magazine covers. It’s a preview of the interactive nature of the platform. There’s potential here for a lot of fun, moving magazine parts.

The National Geographic cover was followed by a table of contents (clicking on article titles whisked you to a specific page), and then to photo-filled articles. It’s filled with text and infographics, and looks rather smooth when scrolling through the pages.

Apple News Plus release date

Apple News Plus is now available with the iOS 12.2 update starting today.  So far, though, it’s limited to the US and Canada (in English and French), with 30 Canadian magazines and newspapers (we’ve named 27 of the 30 so far). Next up will be Australia and the UK later in 2019. 

Apple promises this will be the best mobile magazine experience ever. With the prevalence of ‘fake news’ and bots, that’s a tall order.

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