Apple’s pay news service might be part of something bigger

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Magazine subscriptions are coming to Apple News.
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The launch of Apple’s news magazine subscription service could be just weeks away.

Images found in the first iOS 12.2 beta appear to show that Apple is already in the testing phase of the magazine subscription service. Rumors have been circulating about its potential launch pretty much ever since Apple acquired Texture. Now it looks like the iPhone-maker is finally ready to capitalize by bundling it with other content.

A landing page for the new service was spotted by 9to5Mac running on Apple News in iOS 12.2. The service appears to be called “Apple News Magazines.”

Just like Apple Music, Apple News Magazine subscriptions will run through your iTunes Store account. The images mention bundle subscriptions, which could point to Apple launching a subscription package for music, video and magazines.

It’s been previously rumored that Apple plans to bundle its slate of TV shows in with Apple Music for an extra monthly fee. Adding magazine subscriptions would make the offering even more appealing, giving consumers a sort of one-stop shop for all their content needs. Other rumors have claimed Apple will give its TV shows away for free though so we’ll have to wait and see.

Apple News Magazines could launch as soon as March. The company may host a keynote to introduce new iPads, the magazine subscription service and more. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently teased that more Apple services would be launched in 2019 but didn’t go so far as to say what kind of services customers can expect.