This weekend, new Apple News,+ user, guests can Remember a three-month free trial version
Apple News+? Apple really wants you to give in to his off-the-radar-magazine-based subscription service a shot, so if you are a new user and log in today, you can download a free trial version for three months instead of the usual single month. To enable it, go to your Apple messages app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, press the Apple-News,+ tab, and then you should see the offer.
Sorry, early adopters: If you are using a free trial version, if Apple News+ is started for the first time and you want to see what has changed, you must pay the full $ 9.99 monthly fee (or $12.99 if you jump in Canada) and back.
I wouldn’t worry too much—after all, not a lot of needs to be changed. Apple News+ seems to have had a rougher time than any of Apple’s other new subscription-based services, and earlier this month I suggested it may be partly because Apple does not curate the content as easy as it is with Apple Music, Apple, Arcade, and Apple TV+. It has apparently struggled to attract more subscribers than the 200,000 that signed in March. Among a few other problems that I first wrote about in March, is the integration with regular Apple News remains shaky and you find a diffuse Hodge-podge of PDF files and normal digital text, as you jump from magazine to magazine.
It looks like the experience will get better any time soon. The most optimistic recent rumor claimed Apple is thinking about how to Apple-News+ in a bundle with other subscription services, and that sounds plausible enough. For actual improvements, though? Nothing.
But I’m not going to discourage you from trying it, if you enjoy the magazine content. Macworld, after all, counts as a magazine, and you even get to see our PDF-based digital magazine with a Apple-News+ subscription. Journal writing has given us some of the most famous literary time and given lots of works of journalism, and for obvious reasons, I’m rooting for anyone who wants more in her life. I just wish the implementation were better.
If nothing else, look at it this way: Apple News+ is a relatively cost-effective way to read publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and National Geographic.
Released on Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:30:00 +0000