Apple news app side bar?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by Boomish69, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Boomish69 macrumors 6502

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    I’ve discovered IOS12 version of Apple News now seems to have a permanent side bar listing my followed topics in landscape on my iPad Pro, can anyone tell me how to close this?

    It’s a disaster, I use this daily, but now have lost a 1/4 of the screen to a settings screen! WTH was Apple thinking? Does anyone read the news on an iPad at Apple?

    Time to look for a new News reader app..:( unless anyone can tell me where to turn this off..
     
  2. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68020

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    I just noticed this today and was wondering the same thing
     
  3. Susie4170 macrumors newbie

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    Yep... and to make matters worse, I’m left handed and like to scroll from the bottom left corner. Now I have to reach across the screen to scroll.

    Not sure how this made it through all the betas without people complaining.
     
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    Hmm, that's funny because I kind of liked it. They should have a button so you can pin the sidebar or close it.
     
  7. Chrolm macrumors newbie

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    The bar is terrible. At least on the 7+ you can remove it when in landscape. Can't see how to get rid of it in the iPad.

    C'mon Apple - do better.
     
  8. MrGuder macrumors 68030

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    What I hate about the news app now is at the bottom are 3 sections: Today’s, Emmy’s Recap and Channels.

    I can’t change or replace Emmy’s Recap icon/tab Why the heck do I want to see Emmy’s Recap in my News? Argh!!
     
  9. Boomish69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That’s no good for me, I want to read in landscape last thing at night in bed, and as another poster said it also means you can’t scroll down the page with your left hand.
    When would having a settings screen open permanently ever be useful! Unbelievable! it really is like no one ever tested this in the beta..this is by far my most popular app..well it was , replacement news readers anyone?
     
  10. Robnsn2015 macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way to sort the items in the side bar? All of the items are jumbled together.
     
  11. steve23094 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, the edit button.
     
  12. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Even on my 12.9” iPad pro the side bar is hideous in portrait. 10 steps backwards.
     
  13. Robnsn2015 macrumors 6502

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    I mean automatically sort, like Apple News used to do.
     
  14. Arcade macrumors regular

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    The news app is my favorite. I hold my iPad with both hands and I like to scroll with my right thumb.
     
  15. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

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    Send feedback to Apple, I just did.
    Sidebar is ridiculous.
    Like another poster said, need to find me another News app until this is resolved, if ever.
     
  16. Boomish69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I tried “Feedly” news reader last night & this morning but it feels like a poor comparison to Apple News, it took ages to try and replicate all the news channels from AN (Apple News), it’s not bad and certainly better than using AN currently but
    I miss AN. Please everyone post feedback to Apple..
    I’ve tried to get used to AN but I find it so distracting especially taking up such a huge chunk of space.

    Anyone got any other suggestions of news readers? I found a list of them but as it takes so long to setup the feeds it’s going to a while find something as good as Apple News..
    FWIW I won’t use Flipboard after they shut down Zite still one of the best news apps that ever was.
     
  17. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

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    I’ve been using Feedly also, only because it has a web version also therefore it can be used on multiplatforms without having to reconfigure news sources.

    For a company trying to promote their News App they sure are doing a terrible job on the interface.
     
  18. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

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    In my experience it seems rare for an app of this type to hit the perfect mark in terms of how news sources and article formats are presented straight out of the box. Apple News has the polish and flare that many will like, as do some of the other popular apps like Flipboard etc. I’ve tried several including Feedly, mostly because I want more granular control over presentation and source of content, and for now I’ve settled on Newsify and am paying their $3/mo subscription to get premium features in order to get full article content download support.

    Some of the things I like about Newsify are dark mode, control over article list format, control over article fonts, ability to add many sources via RSS feeds and ability to download full article content for offline viewing (premium). The thing about the app though is it takes some diving into settings to customize the app to personal taste and I’m not sure if the out of the box experience gets close enough to everyone’s sweet spot to entice them to stick around and dive into the settings to create a better experience for them. Nonetheless its my current favorite for hitting my favorite news sources in one place during my morning and evening routines.
     
  19. Boomish69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks muzzy that’s good to know, I’ll give Newsify a go, Feedly was awful compared to Apple News, I posted on Apple support pages but no reply so far..I can’t believe it’s going to stay like it is..
     
  20. Boomish69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well a month on and the IOS update failed to fix the stuck open settings screen, very disappointing, Apple either don’t realise the problem or don’t care. Please support me by firing some feedback direct to Apple..there is no direct feedback for Applews but maybe try via the iPad link https://www.apple.com/feedback/
     
  21. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Already done that. The stocks app is the same on the iphone with the news tabs always expanded over the stocks.
     
  22. Moriturimax macrumors newbie

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    Just noticed this morning they added anlittle red frame icon at the top of the page next to the bar, tap it and the sidebar slides out of sight. thank the gods.
     
  23. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Don’t hold your breath. It slides back into place on your next visit!
     
  24. Moriturimax macrumors newbie

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    And so what? I can turn it off now which is all I ask. Whether it takes me a sec to do it, I can do it.

    Gods, some people just never get enough.
     
  25. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    You can turn it off today but when you go in the app tomorrow you have to turn it off again and when you go into the app the next day you have to turn it off again and so on.

    Glad you’re happy to do that every time you use the app. Your estimation of a fix is obviously lower than mine.
     

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