Apple’s News Magazine subscription service spotted in iOS and macOS latest beta updates

“Apple’s News Magazine subscription service offers PDF-based offline reading support and is expected to be priced $10 a month.”

Apple has officially announced its March 25th event and started sending out press invites as well. At the event, the Cupertino company is widely expected to announce its new premium subscription service for Apple News. While we haven’t seen any details about the new subscription service surface the internet yet, the latest beta updates of iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4 seem to lay the groundwork for the service.

As spotted by  developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter, iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 include several references to the magazine subscription service within Apple News. For instance, there are different magazine genres including Automotive Business & Finance Crafts & Hobby Entertainment Fashion & Style Food & Cooking Health & Fitness Home & Gardening Kids & Parenting Men’s Lifestyle News & Politics Science & Technology Sports & Recreation Travel Women’s Lifestyle Other tidbits discovered in the latest iOS and macOS betas. These magazines will be PDF-based and also support downloading for offline reading.

The magazine service also offers support for push notifications for both iOS and macOS whenever new issues of magazines are available. From what it looks like, the technology for the Apple News integration with Magazines comes from the company’s acquisition of Texture last year as part of its efforts to build out Apple News. The texture is a $10 (Rs 700 approx) per month subscription service, and reports suggest that Apple’s magazine service will be priced similarly. Apple’s relationship with publishers wasn’t so smooth throughout the negotiations for the News subscription service as the company was reportedly seeking a 50 percent of revenue from the service. While some publishers reportedly backed out, Apple is said to have signed some for the said deal.

Apple, at the March 25th event, is likely to unveil its News subscription including the much-rumoured streaming video service whose details are currently kept under the wraps. One need to wait for some more time to see what Apple has in store for us. 

Sai Krishna is a close follower of tech and everything that has the word 'smart' involved. This makes him passionate to write about everything revolving around the world of technology. He can always be seen surfing the web and while he’s not working, you can find him re-watching Seinfeld and reading comics.
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