Hopefully this purchase will bolster Apple News. Just yesterday I was wondering if Apple News would be discontinued because Apple seems to have lost interest in it. Which is a shame, because it's probably the best news reader I've encountered. Fast. Versatile. Clean. I'm OK with ads, and the ones in Apple News are very unobtrusive.
I just wish there was an Apple News app for the desktop or web, because I don't always want to read on a tiny screen.
I have used (and often paid for) lots of magazine and newspaper apps over the last ten years, and most of them have been not great. Some not even good.
Some of the publishers have noticed this, and put out their own apps, usually with even worse results. But at least they're not paying someone else to make their brand look terrible. The only one I've found that isn't completely terrible is the New York Times, but even that has its problems.
It’s fast, fluid and presents content in a consistent and attractive way. Better than Flipboard et al it’s even a reasonable replacement to Google Reader (RIP).
It’s a genuine annoyance when a site doesn’t provide a News feed...
In the past I was able to get Xcode to let me debug the view hierarchy, but it doesn't work at the moment. Maybe they fixed that.
How so? Apple has updated it in every iOS release since it came out. In the most recent one they added a bunch of new features and even their own editorial section. What makes you believe Apple has lost interest in it?
The publishing industry in general widely uses Adobe AEM (& AEM Mobile) to that end.
I hope Apple improves upon Texture, personally. They were kind of a closed-off black box. A lot of compatibility work had to be done through trial-and-error. There was no published standard. Apple News was very thorough that way.
This is almost surely coming with iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 as they are reported to introduce “unified” apps.
For instance, how come their exclusive TV programming is branded under Apple Music? How come iTunes is the wrapper for all media ... not just "tunes"?
Seems like they'd benefit from rebranding these products as "Apple Media" (or something like that) then have Apple Music, Apple Video, Apple Texture, etc. as sub-brands under Apple Media. Then, offer a sampling of these services for free to owners of Apple hardware (or at a flat annual fee similar to Amazon Prime's bundled services) and offer premium upsells for those that want a more-expansive or unlimited selection of content.
> how come their exclusive TV programming is branded under Apple Music
They're using the programming to market Apple Music subscriptions. Apple wants to enroll new users, then up-sell them on new hardware. Ben Thompson has a great take on this .
> How come iTunes is the wrapper for all media ... not just "tunes"?
I think this is a legacy issue. iTunes started on music, then gradually expanded to movies, TV, etc. Changing this is hard, though, since iTunes has accumulated over 15 years of brand recognition as Apple's media hub.
> as sub-brands under Apple Media
Apple Media has no brand recognition among consumers. Sounds like applying an engineer's mindset to a marketing/branding problem.
Is it really ? For old timers, yes iTunes is the application from the days of uploading stuff on your iPod from a Mac, that's a well known Apple Media Hub for people managing their media on their Mac machine first. The mandatory tool where you manage your iPhone backup and applications.
If you come through the iPhone world, including Apple TV - the iTunes "brand" is basically invisible, they name it "iTune store" and that's the place you buy stuff, not where you look at stuff ( there are dedicated app for that ) This point of out to parent being more right than you give him credit for - Apple made 0 effort to preserve its 15 years investment on its prime platform, it actually did what parent suggested, splitting everything into dedicated app, they just need to rename iTunes Store as "Media Store".
Anyway let's be a bit realistic here, Apple on its own has enough brand recognition that they could very well make a new "Media" product with a nice catchy name and a fresh rewrite or reskin iTunes. I suspect that it the marketing solution but the problem is actually an engineering problem: on MacOS, iTunes has grown feature organically and it probably requires a lot of investment for very little gain.
edit: remove duplicate
'Apple Store' is already a great brand. Why not just declare that the Apple Store now sells media?
The Apple store is nice, both the physical and online versions, while the iTunes store is pretty bad. How about getting the Apple Store people to use their skills on the media store?
Because the media store is a legacy product with declining revenue that is already being split into different apps (TV, Apple Music, soon News).
I'm sure it's less about team skills and more about availability. Apple clearly has ambitious plans for its services.
I will say, though, that I've seen so many folks confuse iTunes Store and Apple Store. Merging the two would be smart -- a central place to buy things (digital or physical).
edit: there is an Apple Store, but it's exclusively for Apple hardware
(The Apple Store is not exclusively for Apple hardware. They sell third party stuff from phone cases to expensive DJI drones).
I did not mean the App Store. Users rarely use it, according to analysis, and adding non-app assets to it makes little sense here:
"Today’s consumers are spending over 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native applications, but the majority of their time – 84 percent – is spent using just five non-native apps they’ve installed from the App Store." 
"In fact, it said that utilities on iPhone and tools on Android accounted for the heaviest monthly usage, and this was largely due to pre-installed apps like Safari on iOS and Google on Android." 
I've seen folks confuse iTunes Store with App Store and Apple Store. The split needs to be gradual, with clear on-boarding, since Apple still makes millions from sales on iTunes.
They're investing heavily in cloud services, so I bet there's a multi-year roadmap for splitting iTunes up, each backed by cloud sync and with a unique UI/UX.
News, TV and Music are all split, Texture will likely fall under News.
True. But Apple Music had no brand recognition when they launched that, and it's only been around since June 8, 2015 when they already had involvement with other forms of media. Why not take that opportunity to rebrand?
I think they'll look for their favorite shows (Carpool Karaoke) on YouTube, discover they're on Apple Music, then use that as another reason to pay $10/month for it.
edit: What the hell is with the downvotes? I only ask because someone on here mentioned that Blendle are in roughly the same business–meaning, as Texture they also claim to offer a "multi-title subscription service giving users the ability to instantly access some of the most widely read magazines while on the go"
Google could’ve bought it and shut it down.
The day Apple make acquisition and brings a poor product or services out is the day they enter Oracle Era. Given how I think Oracle makes ( mostly ) absolutely appalling products I say the day is yet to come and far from happening in near future.
What about Siri?
/Siri, add ginger ale to my groceries list.
// I've added gaming hammer to your groceries list.
/Siri, what's the weather?
// Here are some web sites I found about "weather."
Was ist das Wetter heute -> Hier ist die Vorhersage für heute
No worries there.
Füge Ginger Ale auf meiner Einkaufsliste hinzu -> Du hast keine Liste namens "Einkauf". Soll ich eine erstellen? -> Ja -> Ok, ich habe das zu deiner Liste Einkauf-Liste hinzugefügt.
I'm pretty sure I translated grocery list wrong but even with my shit German Siri got me what I was trying to do.
I probably should have used https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/Einkaufszettel now that I look at it. OOPS.
..Delta Blues starts playing.
Hey Siri, play the first album from T-Bone Burnet.
..and it plays.
Play the number one song from 1983..
And Every Breath You Take by The Police starts playing.
..good luck with that one.
Does Apple Maps count for that?
I think a more reasonable standard would be if there was a consistent pattern of making bad choices.
And I agree with consistent pattern of bad choices.