Apple News, Apple’s news aggregation tool that replaces its Newsstand platform, has launched in the UK. The service has gone live as part of iOS 9.1, which has just rolled out to compatible iPhones and iPads.
Apple News lets you read news about topics which you show an interest in, with the Cupertino company making the bold promise that it “combines the rich and immersive design found in print with the interactivity of digital media, letting you enjoy stunningly crafted articles that reflect the style of the publications they come from".
While that somewhat lofty claim is stretching things somewhat, the app is a very sharp way of bringing all your news together in one place, even if the likes of Feedly and other RSS apps do something very similar.
UK news outlets on board include the BBC, The Sun, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Mirror, The Telegraph and The Economist. Magazine companies Conde Nast, Haymarket, Hearst, Immediate Media and Time Inc. are also making their content available as part of the service.
Until now, Apple News has been a US-only affair, although it has worked for users outside of that country if they set their region to the United States.
Earlier this month, Apple ran into controversy after it was revealed it was actively disabling News in China, leading to accusations that it was complicit in state censorship.