Newsstand (software)

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The Apple Newsstand logo
IOS Newsstand.png
Screenshot of Apple Newsstand on an iPhone 4 running iOS 7
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 12, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-10-12) (iPhone 4S)
Final release
iOS 8.4.1 (12H321) / August 13, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-08-13)
Operating systemiOS 58.4.1
Available inEnglish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
TypeDigital distribution

Newsstand was a built-in application on Apple Inc.’s iOS devices: the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It was dedicated to downloading and displaying digital versions of newspapers and magazines. It was replaced by Apple News in iOS 9.

Apple Newsstand on iOS 6 on an iPhone 3GS.jpg


The application was selected by screen and when opened is a visual shelf, directly on the home screen, similar in style to iBooks. It emulated a newsagent's shop with virtual shelves that held and presented each newspaper and magazine that has been downloaded. The app icon updated with the latest front covers with a notification indicator of new editions.[1][2]

There was a Store button in the lower right corner, to go directly to the Newsstand category in the App Store, where after a newspaper and magazine was downloaded for free, in-app subscriptions or per individual periodicals can be purchased with an iTunes account, to download and deliver in the background the most recent edition of news automatically.[1][2]

The most popular and largest printed newspaper and magazine names published digital content specifically designed for mobile devices and tablet computers, often including interactive content that is unavailable in printed form.[2]

Newspaper and magazine brands had the option to move their current iOS apps to be inside the Newsstand app. Previously, before the release of Apple Newsstand, many brands had released their own separate iOS apps, and this gives them an option to nest these apps within Newsstand instead of remaining outside it (although brands can optionally release new versions of their iOS app to achieve this instead), in order to be part of the official Newsstand category within the iOS App Store and to take advantage of various features of Apple Newsstand.[3][4] One of the first apps to do this was The New York Times, who moved their previously external iOS app to be inside Newsstand, on initial release of the Newsstand app.[3]

It was currently available on iOS devices since it was introduced on iOS 5 and worked with iCloud, both for syncing and for re-downloading magazines and newspapers.[2] Technically, Newsstand compatibility is determined by the boolean value "UINewsstandApp" in the app's info.plist file, which can be edited on jailbroken devices.

App vs. Folder[edit]

While Apple referred to Apple Newsstand as an app, it was actually a unique kind of folder, with individual apps of newspapers and magazines inside. Until iOS 7, it was impossible to place Newsstand inside another folder on any iOS devices, but that functionality was later enabled. Apple expressed the intention to replace the file system with easier forms of knowing where documents are; iCloud is one example. In the iOS file system all documents remain within applications.[5][6]

There had been some confusion about this from users who did not know it was already a folder, and thus found they could not easily add Newsstand into other folders they created on their devices, until many subsequently found a very specific folder creation method to bypass this deliberate limitation. However, as the operating system disallowed this, doing so could cause possible minor technical failures on the devices concerned and SpringBoard would crash.[7]

Apple addressed this with the release of iOS 5.1, which removes this bypass method, so Newsstand was then completely unable to be nested inside other folders.[2]

Many comments on Apple's own forums and many other technology websites showed that users of iOS devices wished that the Newsstand icon could be hidden or removed completely if they never intended to use it.

As of iOS 7, Newsstand could be placed into a folder. However, for the purposes of full-screen gestures, accessibility functions and app switching, it was still treated as a folder on the Springboard.

Prior to iOS 7, the folder appeared in the app switcher, despite being a folder instead of an app. However, the Newsstand folder was removed from the app switcher in iOS 7.

In iOS 9, the Newsstand app was removed. It was replaced by News where it rolled out.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Inside iTunes – Newsstand provided a home for magazine and newspaper subscriptions". Apple. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Covert, Adrian (October 12, 2011). "iOS 5's Newsstand Is More Awesome than it Seems". Gizmodo. Gawker Media. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Darrell Etherington (October 12, 2011). "iOS 5: Newsstand". Gigaom. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Jeff Sonderman (October 4, 2011). "Apple introduces Newsstand today at iPhone event, available Oct. 12 with iOS 5". Poynter. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Apple reinventing file access, wireless sharing for iPad". AppleInsider. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Apple Developer – File System Programming Guide". Apple. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Gordon, Whitson (October 21, 2011). "Hide iOS 5's Newsstand App in a Folder With This Trick". Lifehacker. Gawker Media. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Wong, Raymond (June 9, 2015). "iOS 9 comes with 2 more apps you can't remove from your iPhone". Mashable. Retrieved June 26, 2016.

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