Apple News will guide you through the first 2020 Democrat debate

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Apple News will shine a light on 2020 Democratic candidates.
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Apple has launched a special guide section for Apple News, featuring coverage of 20 Democratic candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. Elections.

The section of the app curates content from a variety of news sources. It also includes basic information about the different candidates who will take place in the first debate. This includes their biography and current position on key issues.

Apple’s first apps ported from iOS get more ‘Mac-like’

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Apple uses Twitter to demo porting iPad software to Mac because its own offerings are... not so good.
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The first four applications Apple ported from iOS to macOS Mojave last year met with a certain amount of criticism for feeling like they were still iPad software. An Apple executive has promised these will become more “Mac-like.”

’Hundreds’ working to make Apple News+ best for magazines

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News+ has become a big focus for Apple.
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Apple has “hundreds” of people working to make Apple News+ the best place to read your favorite magazines.

The company has received lots of “great feedback” from many of its publishing partners, it revealed today. And some of them have special things planned for upcoming issues designed especially for Apple News+.

Heads up: Bills for Apple News+ trial subscriptions going out soon

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Apple News+ is about to send out its first monthly bills. It’s time to decide how much you like access to 300 magazines and more.
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Everyone who signed up for a free trial of Apple News+ right after it was unveiled is about to get charged for their first month. While there’s a lot to like in this digital magazine/newspaper subscription service, anyone who’s not interested should get out before they get their first bill.

Fortunately, iOS makes this a snap.

Apple wants to put some more marketing muscle behind Apple News

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Apple is looking to take Apple News to the next level.
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Apple is looking to beef up its Apple News team, according to new job listings the company has recently posted on LinkedIn.

Among other positions, Apple is looking to hire a new growth marketing manager, senior publisher partnerships manager, and social media manager. In all, it’s aiming to add 22 people to its Apple News team.

Apple will close Texture in May after arrival of News+

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'Texture is ending.'
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Apple will close down Texture in May following the recent launch of Apple News+.

Texture, another magazine subscription service, was acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum last spring. Cupertino encourages existing subscribers to migrate to its new platform. But those who don’t use Mac or iOS will have to find their magazines elsewhere.

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Apple’s VP of Services unlikely to ‘take on the plight of publishers’

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Peter Stern at Monday's event.
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Monday’s “show time” keynote introduced plenty of new faces to Apple fans when it came to presenters. One of them, Peter Stern, is the VP of Services in charge of the company’s Apple+ and Apple News+ services.

Having joined Apple in 2016, he’s a relatively new arrival. However, he’s someone we’re likely to see a lot more of — as a new profile makes clear.

Is News+ the future of journalism? [Opinion]

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Can News+ succeed where Newsstand failed?
Can News+ succeed where Newsstand failed?
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Apple is here to save the magazine and newspaper industry. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Back in 2011, Apple’s Newsstand made the same promise.

Newsstand was a kind of odd hybrid app/folder, and you could subscribe to individual magazines. Some were specially designed to work on the then-new iPad, and others were repurposed PDFs. Publishers thought it would prop up their failing print sales, but it did nothing of the sort.

Will Apple News+ be any different?