UK publishers disappointed by Apple News delay

Apple has unveiled a swath of keenly awaited updates today in San Francisco, including everything from a revamped TV product which incorporates online shopping and features Siri, to ad-blocking extensions for iOS9 devices and its replacement for Newsstand, Apple News.

However, Digiday has learned that the U.K. version of Apple News will not launch in tandem with the US release as may have previously been expected, with publishers notified of the delay over the last 24 hours, according to sources familiar with the release.

Media organisations including the Guardian, ESPN, Condé Nast, the Daily Mail and Hearst have been signed up to produce content specifically designed for the new service.

It is not yet clear when it will become available in the UK but it could be delayed by several months.

Publishers have been creating content specifically for the platform, which resembles Flipboard, the app that serves up news and other articles in a magazine-style format, and can be tailored according to location and other preferences.

However, it looks like they will have to shelve their plans for now, and watch as the features are rolled out Stateside.

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Source: Digiday

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