Apple Expands Apple News & Apple News + with Audio, Local News

Apple has introduced audio versions of selected Apple News + feature stories, a daily audio news briefing hosted by Apple News editors, and the launch of curated local news collections in select areas.

Starting Wednesday, Apple News will produce audio stories told by professional voice actors. Apple says they were developed from some of the best feature reports and long pieces published by Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired. Audio stories are now available to Apple News + subscribers in the United States.

The new daily Apple News Briefing of “Apple News Today” is organized by Humita Basu and Duarte Geraldino. Apple News Today is free to all listeners, can be found on the new Audio tab in Apple News, and is available Monday through Friday in the News app in the US and in Apple Podcasts.

“Apple News shows so much great journalism and we are excited to bring it to life in new ways with Apple News + audio stories and a new daily news show, Apple News Today,” said Lauren Kern, Apple News editor-in-chief. “We also really appreciate our many local news partners – our new local news feature highlights their work for readers who live and are interested in those communities.”

Apple has also introduced support for the News app in CarPlay, allowing users to listen to audio stories and Apple News Today while driving.

The curated local news experience will also arrive on Wednesday. Currently limited to the Bay Area, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, the new content includes coverage of topics that are most important to local communities, such as sports, restaurants and dining, weather, news and politics, and more.

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