Did they ditch Newsstand or just add News?

uhaas

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 31, 2012
270
58
Boston, MA
it took a few releases, but I heard Newsstand was gone. Is that true? It finally works well.

I have a few things in there: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and a handful of others. Auto downloading finally works. Will it be gone?

It's nice for the plane to not have to rely on connected sources.
 

BeeGood

macrumors 68000
Sep 15, 2013
1,804
5,194
Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
it took a few releases, but I heard Newsstand was gone. Is that true? It finally works well.

I have a few things in there: New York Times, Wired, National Geographic and a handful of others. Auto downloading finally works. Will it be gone?

It's nice for the plane to not have to rely on connected sources.
Dear Lord I hope so. One less app that will need to be banished to my junk folder.
 

cambookpro

Contributor
Feb 3, 2010
6,740
2,329
United Kingdom
Newsstand is replaced with a folder called 'Newsstand' with the individual apps inside, in the iOS 9 beta anyway. Each publication (e.g. I had The Times and Wired) just appears as another app, and new ones can be downloaded from the App Store.

Not really a major change, but means you can't have it within another folder (although you can get rid of it entirely). Things might change when their News app launches, as it's no present on the current beta.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 0000757

DomC

macrumors 6502
Jul 28, 2010
394
125
Hopefully the major change is not looking at incredibly fugly design of Newsstand. Big horsey gradated bars? I'm convinced that was designed by a low level intern and wouldn't have made it through a sophomore design critique. Good riddance!
 

BeeGood

macrumors 68000
Sep 15, 2013
1,804
5,194
Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
I know not everyone uses stock apps, but that doesn't mean no one does.
I don't have a problem with stock apps. I use mail, stocks, Safari, and reminders just off the top of my head. And even though I don't use weather and maps, for example, I don't hate them because they do serve a purpose and at least have some utility.

Newsstand, on the other hand, is worse than useless in my opinion. Not only does it do nothing beyond what a folder can do, it has a pretty homely icon and you're forced to use it.

When it first came out, I had a subscription to WSJ. I liked it's icon and it occupied prime real estate on my home screen. Then newsstand comes out and my WSJ icon gets hamfisted into this goofy looking app and that's the only way I can access it.

So yeah, I'm a little salty about newsstand and I will dance at its funeral. Good riddance.

EDIT: Sorry, I didn't read completely through your first post and I probably came off as a little insensitive. I actually didn't know that Apple had finally gotten around to making it sort of useful.
 
Last edited:

Kiimora

macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2014
960
301
London UK
Yes ....they ditched Newsstand completely for an app called News which only delivers relevant contents of interest
 

andyp350

macrumors 6502a
Aug 14, 2011
807
459
Surely they are totally different types of app though. Newsstand allows you to purchase and view full digital versions of individual magazine and news publications. The new news app is a container for content/articles pulled from various sourced. I can imagine a lot of people who have magazine subscriptions would still want newsstand in place.
 

Noble Actual

macrumors 6502a
Sep 10, 2014
851
501
Honestly they should have kept newsstand but made it an exclusive iPad app similar to Photo Booth. Both magazines are read on iPad anyways as some have suggested. Its actually sorta nice when you're own a flight or some other place to be able to just browse your downloaded magazines without any restrictions.
 
  • Like
Reactions: uhaas

boston04and07

macrumors 68000
May 13, 2008
1,569
505
I hope the News app will allow us to pre-download content if we wish, instead of just downloading it whenever the app is opened. That would be nice for flights.
 

LordQ

Suspended
Sep 22, 2012
3,582
5,650
Newsstand is replaced with a folder called 'Newsstand' with the individual apps inside, in the iOS 9 beta anyway. Each publication (e.g. I had The Times and Wired) just appears as another app, and new ones can be downloaded from the App Store.

Not really a major change, but means you can't have it within another folder (although you can get rid of it entirely). Things might change when their News app launches, as it's no present on the current beta.
I don't use Newsstand but I think it'd make more sense to have a section inside the News apps for Magazines, let's see what happens in later betas.

I just hope News lets me add a webpage for reading like Flipboard does; that's the killer feature for me, having a full site as a magazine.
 
  • Like
Reactions: boston04and07

boston04and07

macrumors 68000
May 13, 2008
1,569
505
I don't use Newsstand but I think it'd make more sense to have a section inside the News apps for Magazines, let's see what happens in later betas.

I just hope News lets me add a webpage for reading like Flipboard does; that's the killer feature for me, having a full site as a magazine.
Totally agree with all of this. Adding our own webpages and blogs would be the killer feature for me too.
 

yankdog

macrumors newbie
Nov 10, 2009
5
0
So why does this need to be there: "Apple is partnering with several content providers like The New York Times to offer content for news". The Times is such a ugly news source and is blatantly left leaning. Why does Apple feel compelled to post their crap and promote it upon installation?
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.