Apple reveals a news service and shows its ambivalence to ads
Apple’s string of new subscription services pushes advertising mostly out of the picture — but for the magazine industry that is a major partner in Apple’s expanded news offering, there will be ads nonetheless.
Apple on Monday revealed Apple News Plus and the Apple TV Plus video streaming service, both billed as premium media offerings that are different because they do not track consumers or sell their attention for ads. “This is a different approach than others have taken,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was referencing rivals like Facebook and Google, whose businesses depend on consumer data collection and advertising.
When Apple executives showed off Apple News Plus, a new subscription magazine service, the focus was on 300 glossy magazines but not the ad experience. “I love the feeling of being at the newsstand with all those beautiful and thought-provoking magazines covering so many topics,” Cook says.