‘Apple News Magazines’ to be PDF-based, offer offline reading, and more

“Apple officially announced its March event yesterday, inviting press to Steve Jobs Theater on March 25th. At the event, the company is likely to announce a premium subscription service for Apple News,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5mac. “As expected, the latest betas of iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 lay the groundwork for the service.”

“Magazines will be PDF-based and support downloading for offline reading,” Miller reports. “There’s also support for push notifications when new issues of magazines are available, seemingly both on iOS and macOS.”

“Much of Apple’s technology for the Apple News integration with magazines likely comes from its acquisition of Texture. Apple acquired Texture last year as part of its efforts to build out Apple News,” Miller reports. “Texture is a $10 per month magazine subscription service, and reports have suggested that Apple’s magazine service will be similarly priced.”

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  1. How does this work on differently sized devices? Obviously a PDF that looks good on an iPad Pro would be unreadable on an iPhone. It probably wouldn’t even look good on an iPad mini.

    Honestly I’m shocked that they would choose this format — must have been a concession to the magazine creators that want to have ultimate control over layout and content (and the ability to prevent ad-blocking).

  2. Don’t forget that the user interface of macOS is based on PDF (which is why you can print to PDF system-wide).

    Though they may be using PDF, it might be used to set out individual components rather than setting things on pages.

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