What you need to know
- Apple has announced new features for Apple News and Apple News Plus.
- A new daily audio show called Apple News Today and local news collections will be available for free for all.
- Apple News+ subscribers will get an additional 20 audio stories a week and access to 8 new publications.
Apple has announced a number of new features for Apple News and Apple News+ today, including new audio stories, curated local news, and more publications.
Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News, says that the company is excited to launch both its daily audio news show, Apple News Today, as well as its work with local journalism.
Apple is launching a number of audio-centric content in Apple News, Apple News+ and Apple Podcasts, including a daily briefing called Apple News Today which will be free to all listeners in the Apple News and Apple Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and even through Carplay. The company is also producing twenty audio stories a week, but listeners will have to be subscribed to Apple News+ to access those.
Concerning local news, Apple has launched a number of colllections designed to connect people with their local community. Those collections are currently available in the Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston, but the company says it plans to expand that coverage on a regular basis to other regions. Apple News+ subscribers will also now have access to additional local and regional publications such as The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star, and the Miami Herald.
Apple says that Apple News currently has a user base of 125 million monthly active users in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. You can read the full press release on the Apple Newsroom website.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.