What Is Apple News Plus

How Apple's subscription news service works

Apple News Plus keynote

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Apple News+ is a content subscription service that offers access to hundreds of magazines each month on iPhones, iPads, iPod touch devices, and Macs. It's a paid service that is available as an add-on to Apple's free News app.

Apple released the free News app with iOS 9 for its iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices in 2015. Three years later, News became available on Macs as part of macOS Mojave (10.14). Apple released the paid subscription option, Apple News+, in 2019.

Information in this article applies to Apple mobile devices with iOS 13.3, macOS 13, or iOS 12.2, and Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) or macOS Mojave (10.14.4).

How Is Apple News+ Different From Apple News?

Apple News is a free RSS feed that curates the top news content from across the web. News+ is a paid extension to News. The free and subscription services are located in the News app.

For a monthly fee, Apple News+ provides access to hundreds of magazines, premium digital publishers, and popular newspapers. With News+, you can save content for offline access and share a subscription with up to six other iOS or Mac users through Family Sharing.

Apple News
  • Free.

  • Collection of news sources.

  • Personalized recommendations.

  • Breaking news notifications.

Apple News+
  • $9.99 per month after free trial.

  • Collection of news sources.

  • Personalized recommendations.

  • Breaking news notifications.

  • Hundreds of magazines and leading newspapers.

  • Cover-to-cover magazines.

  • Online and offline reading across subscriber's devices.

Content Highlights of Apple News+

Apple News+ includes more than 300 magazines across categories that include lifestyle, entertainment, news and politics, business, finance, science, technology, travel, sports, outdoors, cars, health, style, beauty, hobbies, kids and parents, food, and homes and garden. Familiar names include Time, Vanity Fair, People, National Geographic, Wired, O, Martha Stewart Living, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and others.

Apple News + also provides access to newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to premium digital publications, such as TechCrunch, The Daily Beast, and Grub Street.

How to Access Apple News+

Access Apple News+ through the News app on a compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac computer.

To subscribe, open the News app and tap News+ at the bottom of an iPhone or iPod touch or in the left panel of iPads and Macs. Select Get Started > Try It Free. Then, enter your Apple ID and password and confirm your trial subscription with Touch ID or Face ID.

How Much Does Apple News+ Cost?

Following the 30-day free trial, an Apple News+ subscription is $9.99 per month in the U.S. It is billed on a recurring month-to-month basis until the service is canceled.

The News+ free trial ends immediately when you cancel. If you want to keep the trial for the entire period but not subscribe, cancel right before it renews automatically.

To cancel an Apple News+ free trial, launch the Apple News app, then select Manage Subscriptions > Cancel Free Trial.

When you cancel a paid subscription, you can access the service throughout the billing period you paid for.

How to Browse Apple News+

A subscription gives you direct access to News+ content through the News app. To find specific Apple News+ content, tap the Apple News+ tab located at the bottom navigation bar of an iPhone display or on the sidebar on an iPad or Mac computer. Then, search for specific publications, select one of the Interests tabs, or use the Browse the Catalog tab to see the many available magazines.

Tap any magazine to open the issue. If it's one of your favorites, tap Follow on the magazine cover thumbnail image to add it to your My Magazines list.

Apple News app

How to Read Content on Apple News+

Apple News+ displays much of its content in Apple News Format. ANF content is optimized to be animated and interactive, with cover images that move, and table of contents lists that take you to your desired section of a magazine with one tap. You can also easily navigate content intended to be enjoyed in full screen.

Not all of the magazines included in Apple News+ come in this format. Many back issues of magazines are available only in PDF format, with a standard swipe to progress through the content as the only function. Back issues of most magazines are available for at least a year.

How to Download and Manage Offline Content on Apple News+

News+ allows users to download the content of many magazines to access when they are offline. To initiate a download, select the three-dot icon below the cover preview of the News+ publication. Then, select Download Issue from the menu that appears.

Download issue option in Apple News+

After you download an Apple News+ magazine, it remains on your device for 30 days and then is deleted automatically.

Magazines you follow automatically download to your device each month.