Today, Apple announced that Apple News Plus, the premium news subscription service, is now available in the United Kingdom for £ 9.99 a month and in Australia for $ 14.99 a month. It is the first extension of the service since its launch in March; previously it was only available in the US and Canada.
The service seems to be exactly the same as in the US and Canada; while Apple highlights important British publications such as The Times, FourFourTwo and Empire and notable Australian publications such as The Australian, The Daily Telegraphand Australian Geographic American and Canadian subscribers already have access to it in his press material.
Yet it is a remarkable extension for the service, which has had something of a rocky start. The service largely offers magazines – which makes sense, given that Apple News Plus was created from the acquisition of Texture, a magazine-focused subscription service, but does not necessarily match the expectations of "news" – and my colleague Nick Statt discovered the app difficult to navigate, with some articles poorly optimized for the iPhone screen.
Apple has not announced where the service could expand further, but we expect it to affect other countries in the future. Some of Apple's other services should be more widely available – Apple Arcade is available in more than 150 countries and Apple TV Plus is available in 100 from launch.