Ahead of the recently announced ‘It’s Show Time’ media event on Monday, March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, a beta of the forthcoming macOS 10.14.4 Mac update appears to have confirmed Apple’s plans to introduce new paid subscription-based content in Apple News.
As shared by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter, iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 include several references to ‘Apple News Magazine’ which appears to cover 15 genres such as Automotive, Entertainment, Fashion & Style, Food & Cookings, and Travel.
The discovery doesn’t unveil any information regarding pricing for the new service, although Apple is expected to keep pricing for the service at around $9.99 per-month, matching the pricing of Texture – the digital magazine subscription service Apple acquired in early 2018.
A full list of the magazine genres uncovered in macOS 10.14.4 can be found below:
- Business & Finance
- Crafts & Hobby
- Fashion & Style
- Food & Cooking
- Health & Fitness
- Home & Gardening
- Kids & Parenting
- Men’s Lifestyle
- News & Politics
- Science & Technology
- Sports & Recreation
- Women’s Lifestyle
The beta has also uncovered that magazines will be PDF-based and support downloading for offline reading. Users who subscribe to the paid service will receive push notifications when new issues of magazines are available, seemingly both on iOS and macOS.
Apple’s media event is now 12 days away, so we won’t be waiting for long to hear more about the new subscription-based Apple News service.