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Apple has launched its subscription news service in Australia, with the company signing a deal with News Corporation for local news.

The service, known as Apple News+, will cost $14.99 per month and offers a free one-month trial. It includes content from a number of other publications as well.

The chief executive of News Corp, Robert Thomson, used the launch to take a dig at Google even as he welcomed the new deal with Apple.

“We are proud to partner globally with a company (Apple) that truly believes in the profundity of provenance and that there should be a premium for premium journalism,” Thomson was quoted as saying in The Australian.

“Apple has acted positively, honourably and decisively to change the digital landscape, while other gatekeepers, such as Google, prefer hype and hypocrisy.”

Some of the other publications, apart from those in News Corp stable, to figure on the News+ platform are Vogue, Australian Women’s Health, Elle, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, GQ, Australian Men’s Health, Delicious and Australian Geographic.

Subscribers will also have access to content from international publications such as The Wall Street Journal (US), Los Angeles Times (US), The Times (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), National Geographic (US), Rolling Stone (US), Grazia (UK) and Hello! (UK).

"Apple News+ offers hundreds of the world’s most popular publications, all discoverable through personalised and curated recommendations,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News.

“The quality of the journalism, the beautiful photography, the stunning live covers and custom-designed articles in this collection are second to none. We think readers in Australia will be delighted with the offering, and we are proud to support the work of our newest publisher partners.”

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