(Pocket-lint) - Apple is hoping to kill the paywall. (But not its own paywall, of course.)

The company has given our first look at Apple News+, a new subscription service that gives users unprecedented access to some of the biggest newspapers and magazines around the globe. At launch, the subscription will give users access to over 300 publications.  

This should drastically cut back on the number of times you’re told you’ve read the maximum amount of free articles for a month, but it won’t stop it all together, as The New York Times and The Washington Post are not included in the service. Still, other than those two papers, which are large enough to operate in their own stratosphere of print journalism, Apple News+ should offer plenty to read.

It's partnered with newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal and magazines like Vogue and The National Geographic. Here's everything you need to know, including how it works.


What is Apple News+?

Despite the heavy focus on magazines during its unveiling, News+ is both a newspaper and a magazine subscription service. It can be accessed within the existing Apple News app. Although the app is free to use, you must pay a monthly fee to read content that's part of News+.

The Apple News app will still show the Top Stories, Trending Stories, and For You tabs. But now there's a new News+ tab with a My Magazines section. You'll also see categories like Browse the Catalogue, Featured, Business and Finance, and Travel - all curated by Apple News editors.


Key features

  • You can expect full versions of your magazines, complete with animated covers and articles with immersive photography.
  • All layouts are optimised for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. 
  • Apple News editors will curate stories and serve them up. Expect everything from the latest headlines to in-depth special pieces.
  • Apple News will get better based on your interests, and it also uses "on-device intelligence" to recommend stories. 
  • Apple News will only accesses your information with explicit permission, and it doesn't allow advertisers and publishers to track you.
  • You'll be able to scan recommendations in your Today feed, including full magazine issues if you're an Apple News+ subscriber.
  • Current issues of your favourite magazines are automatically downloaded.

Where do you find Apple News+?

You need the Apple News app to access the News+ subscription service - and that requires either an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac computer. If you don’t have an Apple device, then you can’t use the Apple News app or the News+ subscription service. However, if you do have an Apple device, then signing up for Apple News+ is simple: Just open your Apple News app and find the button marked News+.

It’s a tab on the bottom on the iPhone (or side menu on an iPad). If you don’t see it, make sure your device has the most recent update installed.


What’s included in the subscription?

At launch, Apple News+ will offer over 300 publications. This mainly includes magazines, but it also includes some newspapers. Apple has yet to release a full list of all the publications. Here’s a partial list that Apple teased during its special event in March 2019 (via TechRadar):

US magazines, digital subscriptions, and newspapers

  • AD
  • Adweek
  • Afar
  • Allrecipes
  • Allure
  • Automobile
  • Backpacker
  • Bazaar
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Bicycling
  • Billboard
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Boating
  • Bon Appétit
  • Boy's Life
  • Car and Driver
  • Clean Eating
  • CNET
  • Condé Nast Travler
  • Consumer Reports
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • Cruising World
  • Cycle World
  • Decor
  • Domino
  • Dwell
  • Eating Well
  • Ebony
  • Elle
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Entrepreneur
  • ESPN Magazine
  • Esquire
  • Essence
  • Family Handyman
  • Fast Company
  • Field & Stream
  • Flying
  • Food & Wine
  • Fortune
  • Garden & Gun
  • Golf
  • Good Housekeeping
  • GQ
  • Grub Street
  • Health
  • Hot Rod
  • House & Home
  • House Beautiful
  • InStyle
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Make
  • Marie Claire
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Men's Health
  • Midwest Living
  • Motortrend
  • National Geographic
  • National Review
  • Naturally
  • New York Magazine
  • Outside
  • People
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Racer
  • Reader's Digest
  • Real Simple
  • Road Track
  • Rolling Stone
  • Runner's Magazine
  • Sailing World
  • Shape
  • Southern Living
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Sunset
  • TechCrunch
  • The Atlantic
  • The Cut
  • The Cut
  • The Highlight by Vox
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • The New Yorker
  • The Skimm
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • This Old House
  • Time
  • Town & Country
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Vanity Fair
  • Variety
  • Vogue
  • Vulture
  • Wired
  • Woman's Health

Canadian magazines, digital subscriptions, and newspapers

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

Which devices support Apple News+?

Just to reiterate, Apple News requires an Apple device like an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If you don’t have one of those devices, you can’t use News+.


Where is Apple News+ available?

Depending on where you live, you may already be able to access Apple News+. The subscription service is now available in the US and Canada, in both English and French. Unfortunately, Apple said it won't go live in the UK until this autumn.


How much is Apple News+?

The service costs $9.99 a month in the US ($12.99 Canadian). Apple is also offering a free month of the service if you’re interested in trying it. 

Family Sharing is available, too, providing access for up to six family members under the one monthly subscription fee.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.