Will Apple Daily succeed in its digital subscription move?

After months of planning, Apple Daily on Wednesday officially kicked off a subscription model for the online editions of its Hong Kong and Taiwan newspapers, marking the first step in the efforts by the paper’s corporate parent, Next Digital, to charge readers for online content.

Registration for the subscription is free at the moment, but there is no doubting the company’s plan: charge a monthly fee in the future after building a substantial registered user base.