Texture Shuts Down Following Launch of Apple News+

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    As expected, subscription-based magazine service Texture has shut down following the launch of Apple News+ in late March.

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    Apple acquired Texture last year to serve as the foundation of Apple News+ and later announced that Texture would cease working after May 28. On cue, the app no longer functions as of today and points users towards Apple News+.


    Unfortunately, while Apple's notice in the Texture app says "don't worry, you can continue to read your favorite magazines" on Apple News+, the service is only available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Texture supported multiple platforms, including iOS, macOS, Android, and previously Windows.


    Apple News+ costs $9.99 per month in the United States, the same price as Texture charged, and $12.99 per month in Canada.

    Article Link: Texture Shuts Down Following Launch of Apple News+
     
  2. cfurlin macrumors 6502

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    I signed up for News+ yesterday to check it out and frankly, I do not see much value. I hope it improves and quickly.

    There is a really small number of publications available, it's almost impossible to search for publications, publications you have viewed seem to sit side-by-side with those you follow. Overall, it feels like a great big mess.

    I hated the old news app because I felt like I had had no control over what I saw and this new incarnation feels the same. I'm canceling my sub until they sort this thing out. Ugh.
     
  3. GeoStructural macrumors regular

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    I seriously can’t think how someone subscribes to this thing. I hate subscriptions in general, but this is beyond unappealing...
     
  4. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a

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    I don’t even have news + but I know you’re wrong. Click the news + tab at the bottom and you’ll be able to go directly into a source, search, browse etc.
     
  5. cfurlin macrumors 6502

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    That’s not searching, that’s browsing. There’s no search field anywhere.

    I can choose a category and view the 5-10 available publications. Now that I think of it, why would anyone need to search when there’s hardly anything available?
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    Free trial. ???
     
  6. EssentialGadget macrumors member

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    We had Texture and loved it. Much easier to use than News+. Your favorite mags were at your fingertips and would download automatically.

    News+ is poorly organized and hard to get the magazines you want at your fingertips. May have to drop it. Needs a lot of work.
     
  7. cfurlin macrumors 6502

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    My reaction as well. There’s no way I’m continuing a sub after the trial is over.
     
  8. AxiomaticRubric macrumors 6502

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    “With no respect to Apple News+, I am going to miss Texture, [...]”

    Quote fixed.

    I’m officially done with magazines now. Thanks Apple. :(
     
  9. coolfactor macrumors 601

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    The Mac app has a prominent Search field, and the Search field can be found under the "Following" tab on iOS. I agree that this is not the correct place for it. It should be available from the main screen right away, maybe with a pull-down action. Hiding it behind Following makes no sense to me.
     
  10. pkouame macrumors 65816

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    It's done on purpose to force you to browse while looking for what you want...
     
  11. cfurlin macrumors 6502

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    Wow, I see it now. Who designed this ****, a stoned intern?

    Apple usually hits the nail on the head with apps, but when they miss, they REALLY miss!
     
  12. FairlyKors macrumors regular

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    To Texture or to Apple News? Texture was awesome. Of all the countless things I seem to be paying $10 a month for, this was near the top in terms of value for money. All it takes is one subscription—like the New Yorker, for example—to make it worth the cost. I pay more than $10 a month to have access to The Economist and the NYT, which I think are also worth the cost. Just one look at a site like Buzzfeed is a great reminder of what “free” gets you.
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    Why are there only three of us who enjoyed the Texture app? I was prepared for Apple News to be annoying and harder to work with, but it’s so much worse than I thought it was going to be... I don’t know if I’m going to sign up or not. I definitely canceled the trial.
     
  13. cfurlin macrumors 6502

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    You can’t enjoy something you never tried. I never even heard of Texture until yesterday and I’ve been trying out dozens of apps over the years.
     
  14. tazhatewater macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, it appears to be worse than just "do you want to sign up for yet another magazine reader. I was with the app when it started out as Zinio then to Next Issue then Texture. In each case, I was able to keep my downloaded magazines as promised by the app. I am going on a trip next week and find that now, not only can I not access my subscriptions but my downloaded magazines are inaccessible. Worse, I'm on a kindle and I have absolutely no intention of purchasing another $300+ tablet that I know will be obsolete in 18 months. As far as I'm concerned, Apple just stole the magazines I paid for. No way I'm even considering the trial, much less signing up.
     
  15. skinned66 macrumors 65816

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    I used to pay $2 a month for the magazines I wanted with Next Issue through my cell provider. Then they went to Texture. Now this. Not a chance.
     
  16. ipedro macrumors 601

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    People who like to read magazines?

    I used to subscribe to GQ, PopSci, National Geographic and was looking at getting a Toronto Star subscription. For the price of 2 of these magazines, I get dozens of others that I’m also interested in. The Star’s subscription alone is $12/mo. Apple News+ is a fantastic value.

    The app could use some work but they’ve already corrected some of the major quirks in a recent point update.
     
  17. FairlyKors macrumors regular

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    That’s true. You can enjoy something you’ve never tried.
     
  18. Dcwchicago macrumors newbie

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    This is yet another attempt by Apple to force everyone to use Apple products. Real bummer, Apples has taken my downloaded magazines, I have no access to content I purchased.
    I will not be buying an Apple product that will be obsolete in 18 months.
     
  19. Officeguy-334 macrumors newbie

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    Overall mess is a great description of News +
    Gone is the simplicity of choosing a magazine off the “digital” rack, the new apple news apps confusing layout makes it a scrambled mess. Cancelled my subscription, looks like an opportunity for a future magazine app more like texture.
     

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