Audio stories include audio versions of the best stories from Apple News, a daily audio news briefing created by Apple News editors, and curated local news collections launching in five cities and regions.
Apple News editors plan to release about 20 audio stories per week across a wide range of interests, with the stories narrated by professional voice actors. Apple says we can expect pieces from Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, and newspapers that include The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
Apple News audio stories are a feature limited to Apple News+ subscribers in the United States, but the daily audio news briefing, called Apple News Today, is free for all Apple News users.
Apple News Today will feature highlights of some of the “most fascinating stories in the news” and will be available Monday through Friday in the Apple News app in the United States and in Apple Podcasts.
Along with audio stories, Apple is adding new local and regional news outlets for readers, including The Charlotte Observer, the Miami Herald, and The News & Observer from Raleigh, North Carolina, plus a curated local news experience available in the Bay Area, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
The curated news feature will include coverage of topics that are important to local communities like dining and restaurants, weather, news and politics, and more.
“Apple News showcases so much great journalism, and we’re excited to help bring it to life in new ways with Apple News+ audio stories and a new daily news show, Apple News Today,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We also greatly value our many local news partners — our new local news feature highlights their work for readers who live, and are interested, in those communities.”
The new Apple News features are available today as part of the free iOS 13.6 update. Audio stories and Apple News Today can be accessed through the new “Audio” tab in the Apple News app. Apple News is free, while Apple News+ costs $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial. Just today, Best Buy began offering a four month free trial for those who are new subscribers and a three month free trial for those who subscribed before.