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Apple introduces News to keep you up to date with your favorite publications

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Apple News is a new application for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 9, built around your favorite news content. It lays out your news in a grid, animating as you scroll. News allows publishers to create custom content, including typography and layouts, bringing their branding into the app.

In addition to custom typography, publishers can also insert inline photo galleries, videos, and more. Publishers include The New York Times, Quartz, and ESPN. The New York Times offers users 30 free articles every day.

When you first open News, it will ask for your favorite publications. While reading, you can scroll through articles, and swipe left and right to move to a new one. You can bookmark articles to read later, and save your favorite publications and topics. News will also suggest new things to read based on what you read.

News will roll out first in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.

Stay tuned to our WWDC liveblog for more.

Press Release:

Apple Announces News App for iPhone & iPad

Delivers News in a Beautiful & Uncluttered Format

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone® and iPad®, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format™, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts.

"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."

News conveniently collects all the stories you want to read in one place, in a customized newsfeed called For You. Readers can see the publisher channels and topics they're following in Favorites, and to discover new content, Explore makes great suggestions based on what you've already read. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your iPhone or iPad.

Apple News Format allows publishers to create stories that look beautiful and take advantage of the full power of iOS. Content can include photos and galleries, audio, video, maps and rich interactions such as parallax and animation. When publishers create their stories for News, content comes alive with custom fonts and intuitive Multi-Touch™ gestures. Apple News Format automatically customizes the layout for each screen size, so News content looks great on both iPhone and iPad.

"Condé Nast's premium content deserves a premium mobile experience and the News app delivers that," said Bob Sauerberg, President of Condé Nast. "News offers an environment that combines the rich, immersive design of our photography, artwork and editorial expertise with the interactivity and dynamism of digital media — it's stunning."

"ESPN fans are incredibly engaged in the way they consume our content, so the more vibrant experience we can offer, the happier they'll be," said John Skipper, President of ESPN Inc. and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks. "We've seen incredible success with our ESPN apps on iOS, and News is only going to make a richer, more personal experience for our readers so they can stay up-to-date on the sports news that matters to them."

Publishers interested in signing up can visit www.icloud.com/newspublisher with additional publishing tools available later this year. iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch® 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini™ and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple's three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple's 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

9 Comments
  • I think Flipboard just put up their "FOR SALE" sign lol.
  • Right, it's just going to be like the Stock app. The thing no one opens, but if they did care about Stocks they use a third party app. Flipboard won't even care. Sloths fight leopards. You can't open a bag of chips. Clearly humans are the weaker species.
  • Biggest Charm of Flipboard is that its a Cross Platform app .. I don't think apple developing this for windows 8/10 or (when hell freezes over ) android. So Flipboard is pretty safe for now
  • I love Zite. Unfortuantely, it was acquired by Flipboard. I've tried, but just don't enjoy that format. So, I'm looking forward to giving this News app a try. I looks like a great design.
  • Agreed. I tried to like Flipboard, but it's clunky despite its appearance. I do love Zite, but it's interface is getting old and not updating, likely because Flipboard is trying to move Zite's service over. I cannot wait to delete Flipboard from my phone! Sent from the iMore App
  • I prefer Zite over Flipboard. Nothing really wrong with Flipboard to be fair, I just preferred the look of Zite. However Zite hasn't been updated for an age since being acquired by Flipboard. Apple's new news app looks like it would definitely be of interest to me, I'm looking forward to taking a closer look. Sent from the iMore App
  • If it's anything like it should be, it will have a lot of adopters. For me I will finally be able to delete Twitter, as I use it as a news source only these days. Also, my long time stand-by, Pocket. I usually save Twitter links to stories to Pocket, thus making these both obsolete. Also I can see my reading list in Safari getting quite dusty.
  • Interested in giving this a try. Wonder if this will sync bookmarks across devices like Pocket. If yes and if there's a dark mode I'm in. Also very curious to see if Mobile Nations gets in on the format. Sent from the iMore App
  • Is it a free service? Sent from the iMore App