Apple Introduces ‘News’ App to Replace Newsstand in iOS 9

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It was speculated in a report just before the WWDC event keynote earlier today that Apple will debut a new free “Flipboard-like product” and also end its Newsstand app. Turns out the report was spot on as Apple has introduced the all new ‘News’ app for iOS, that gets content from publishers across the world, while content owners can fully customize the way articles are displayed, much like Flipboard.

News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN and Bloomberg. Publishers interested in signing up can visit with additional publishing tools available later this year.”

Apple demonstrated a number of animations on stage that publishers can use to display their content in the News app, as well as swipes to navigate between articles. The News app offers an experience in fullscreen, while photos and videos are built directly into the articles and can play inline. Publishers who have signed up as launch partners for News also include The Economist, Vanity Fair, Financial Times, Time, Wired, BuzzFeed, Vox, the New York Times and Bloomberg Business.

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The News app will initially go live in the US, UK, and Australia, with no love for Canada at launch yet again.

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  • Delflank

    Not in Canada…yet. No News app. No pay. No discount for Canadians…we do get to pay a premium because of our falling dollar. So we are stuck with partial services at inflated prices…because…we will pay, and pay, and pay. Don’t hold your breathe for the Apple Music costing (only?) $9.99 either. We will pay a premium there as well…our dollar is not really a dollar, it is only 80 cents and falling.

  • Nilay

    I feel sorry for myself and feel that whenever Apple needs a support from the Canadian local organization in launching or developing of their product they have always backed off and didn’t launched in Canada.

    Same happened with iTunes Radio, Apple Pay and now with news today. I think canadian consumers are open to try new thing thats why they pay premium price and still buy stuff. but local company are not willing to participate that easily.

  • Jer

    So where does all the magazines go now?? I have like 5 subscriptions for NG, Time, and more. Where do they store them in iOS 9?

  • Alex

    They become a folder of apps. Pretty lame.

  • Xavalon nl

    This is not different with most EU countries.

  • Delflank

    Except we are part of the same land mass as America. Most of us have the same first language. We watch the same media. Eat the same food, etc.,
    But they are rolling out Apple pay in England. They will have full Apple service before us.

  • Peter Levey

    You can blame the monopolistic practice of the power group of 6 Canadian banks who are trying to roll out their own “digital wallet” cardless payments scheme, and fear the loss of revenues to Apple if they allow Apple into the market. Expect them to continue resisting Apple’s advances unless we, the consumers, exert pressure on each of our individual banks in the coming months