Apple News+ audio stories and new ‘Apple News Today’ available only in the US
Apple has released iOS 13.6, bringing a handful of new features to iPhone, including Apple News+ Audio stories and daily Apple News Today audio briefings, available to subscribers in the News and Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, Mac and in the car with CarPlay.
Within a press briefing touting today’s release, Apple has confirmed that the new audio extension to the pay-monthly news service will be available only for users in the United States, with the aim of expanding to more areas in the future.
Beginning today, Apple News will produce about 20 audio stories a week, narrated by professional voice actors. Apple will offer audio versions of feature reporting and long-form pieces published by Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, and more, and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Apple says its new Apple News Today daily briefing will be voiced by hosts Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino who each morning, Monday through Friday, will “guide listeners through some of the most fascinating stories in the news,” available to all Apple News users, even those without a paying subscription, in the News app in the US and on Apple Podcasts.
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