According tomedia reports, Apple has launched an audio version of Apple News Plus’s featured feature s– a daily audio news bulletin hosted by Apple News editors– and the company is also starting to bring local news picks to selected areas. Starting Wednesday, Apple News will produce audio stories, which will be broadcast by professionals. Apple says they have been developed by some of the best feature stories and long articles published by Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wired.
Users of Apple News plus in the United States can now listen to audio news.
The new “Apple News Today” daily audio press conference is hosted by Humita Basu and Duarte Geraldino. Apple News Today is free for all listeners in the U.S., available in the new audio tab spent on the Apple News or Podcasts app and will be available Monday through Friday morning.
Apple has also introduced support for the News app in CarPlay so users can listen to audio news and Apple News Today while driving.
Also coming on Wednesday is the planned local news experience. Currently limited to the Bay Area, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, the new content includes coverage of the most important topics for the local community such as sports, restaurants and restaurants, weather, news and politics.
At the same time, Verizon and Best Buy are extending the trial period for Apple News Plus. When a user signs up for the subscription through a Best Buy website or app, Best Buy will offer a four-month free Apple News Plus service. Verizon also introduced a similar service for iPad users who buy and activate it through Verizon, which, once activated, will give them a six-month free trial of Apple News Plus.