Apple Acquires Texture Digital Magazine Service, Partly-Owned by Rogers


Apple has announced it has acquired digital magazine subscription service Texture, owned by Next Issue Media LLC, which offers unlimited access to over 200 top magazines for a monthly fee.

“We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a press release. “We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users.”

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Texture launched back in 2010, and is currently owned by Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and KKR.

Back in 2013, Rogers announced it would launch Next Issue Canada, a digital magazine subscription service on iPad, starting at $9.99 per month. In the fall of 2015, Rogers and its joint-partners rebranded Next Issue to Texture.

According to Peter Kafka at Recode, the owners of Texture are “happy” with the deal:

Apple hasn’t disclosed a price but I’m told KKR will at least get their money back and that the publishers who started the company — Conde Nast, Hearst, News Corp and Meredith (which now owns Time Inc., another founder [News Corp]) — are happy with the deal.

Apple’s Eddy Cue will be on a panel today at SXSW, so most likely we will hear him discuss this deal.


  • Matt

    So does this mean Apple News will finally be coming to Canada?

  • erth

    yes, if you pay 9.95 per month 😉 (or maybe more…. it is apple you know)

  • electric_erik

    Nothing to do with News really.

  • Matt

    According to another article Eddie Cue confirmed that they will be integrating Texture into Apple News.

  • Corey Beazer

    Free magazines for iOS users?

  • sukisszoze

    I only have time to read the news headlines showing up, can’t imagine I would want to pay a subscription to read more magazines.

  • Decodering

    Where available, people have free access to hundreds of magazines they can borrow on iPad/iPhone through their local library.

    I wish I had the time to read all the periodicals available through my local library. It’s so easy; I get an email telling me a new issue is available for the magazines I’ve indicated I want to read, and I download the issue wherever I’m at.

    It’s a great service to take advantage of when you can, all for free.