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August 28, 2019

What is Apple News?

Released along the launch of iOS 9 on 16th September 2015 for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Apple News is a mobile app and a news aggregator created by the company for its macOS, WatchOS and iOS operating system. Apple says that, ‘’Apple News provides the best coverage of current events, curated by editors and personalized for you. Dive into your favourite topics or discover new ones. And stay up to date with rich videos, breaking news notifications, and subscriptions to some of your favourite publications.’’

Earlier versions of iOS also had an app called Newsstand for the same purpose. Apple News is said to be the successor of it. Initially Apple News was only available for the users of United States but just post a month of its launch, it was there in Australia and United Kingdom as well.In March 2019 Apple added a paid subscription version to Canada as well.

How does App work?

This News app works with news publishing partners channelled by the JSON descriptive Apple News Format. It also retrieves the news stories from the internet space, through several syndication feeds such as Atom & RSS. The News publishers are free to present their stories in Apple News. Even the users can post their feed through Safari browser, which will be displayed through the in-app web browser found within the app.

To retrieve the news from publisher’s webpage, Apple News usestheAppleNewsBot web crawler bot. The bot gets all the data including web pages, feed, images for the Apple News.

Apple made an announcement in WWDC 2018, that the News app would be available in macOS Mojave and when iOS 12.2 was released with an updated News app on 25th March 2019, ‘Apple News+’ was introduced as well. The subscription for the updated News app was to be taken through the Apple News+ service. Some other changes were also made like the Apple News icon was changed, putting the N in the icon front and center with a bit of change in design.

Apple News+ is a service that is subscription based that provides you the access to around 300 magazines and a few newspapers. This Apple News+ service is successor of a digital media subscription app, which Apple acquired in 2018 called Texture.

Why use Apple News app?

Apple News is a boon for the curious readers as its quite personalized as per your interest and convenient to use. It’s beautiful format displays even the most ad loaded site in a very clean and readable way with ads non-intruding. Stories and news are formulated based on your interest and subscribed pages. You are able to see the ‘big news pf the day’ even if you haven’t subscribed to any major news site, without getting muddled in the weeds. In short, one can get access to a wide variety of news on a single platform, that too with ease and comfort using Apple News app.

How to accessApple News in any country?

At present, Apple News is accessible only in four regions- United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. However, If anyone wants to try it and have a look over it in any other country, there is a way to do it. Try the below steps on your iPad or iPhone-

  1. Open Settings on Home screen
  2. Swipe down if required and tap on General
  3. Select Language & Region
  4. Tap over Region and select United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia
  5. Tap over Done in the top right corner
  6. Tap over Continue to confirm the changes made
  7. The News app will show up on the Home screen now.

Once the region is changed on your iPhone, you need to change the language back to your native one following the below steps-

  1. Open Settings on your Home screen.
  2. Tap over General.
  3. Tap over Language and Region.
  4. Tap over Edit in the upper right corner.
  5. Bring your native language to the top of the list.
  6. Tap over Done in the upper right corner.
  7. Tap over Continue to confirm the language.


Although as per the experts who found these methods say that, it is for a temporary trial only for you to see how the News app works and looks like and not to keep it permanently as there are certain drawbacks attached to it.

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