The future’s not looking too bright for Apple News

“My belief is that Apple News, Newsstand, and iBooks should effectively be merged into a single Reading app with the best characteristics of all three of Apple’s initiatives,” Jeremy Horwitz writes for 9to5Mac. “Most of the pieces have already developed — it’s just a question of unifying a bunch of seemingly different types of reading materials within a single place. Just like TV shows, movies, music videos and home videos all live within a single iOS app called Videos, think of Reading as an app-based version of a Barnes & Noble bookstore.”

“It goes without saying that all of this would require high-level Apple approval to implement. But it’s also heavily in Apple’s interest to do so. As it currently stands, Apple News doesn’t have much more than the Apple name and the prospect of maybe-possibly future publisher support to set it apart from the many newsreaders that have come and gone over the years. I’ve had it on my iPad and iPhone for weeks, and it’s already gathering dust,” Horwitz writes. “An Apple Reading app, however, could become the core linking books, magazines, newspapers and web content together. It would be a major reason to acquire a big library of content through Apple, and a major impediment to using other devices to consume that content in the future.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: There are some interesting ideas in the full article.

But, after Newsstand, it’s very difficult to gauge how serious Apple is about Apple News.

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23 Comments

  1. In looking at Apple News on my iPad, I am not impressed, Apple should just get FlipBoard, that seems to work pretty well, also not very impressed with the initial content either, while that may change over time.. its not very comprehensive..

  2. This is a bunch of nonsense. Everyone screams that iTunes attempts too much within a unified app. Now, you want to unify this.

    it is not Trivial to merge several disparate software functions into a unified app. They all use different codebases.

    News is months away from release and yet the couch jockeys have already eviscerated it.

  3. The problem with the News App, is that it it’s not front and center. If anything it should fully participate in your lock screen, but with that said, news is a hard nut to crack.

    Swiping Left to right, to reveal Search, Siri Suggestions, Nearby and News, is a better approach. Linking news stories to the News App, would be a good idea.

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