What to Expect from the Apple Newsstand Update

What to Expect from the Apple Newsstand Update


applenewsThe Apple iOS9 update, scheduled for this fall, will also see several modifications to the structure of the Apple Newsstand. Publishers will be impacted in different ways. Here is a bit more detail to help you understand what to expect from the update.

The Newsstand App

What’s changed?
Currently the Newsstand appears as a stand-alone app on an Apple device. However, this will now become a Newsstand folder located on the Home screen where all apps will be stored.

What hasn’t changed?
There will be no difference to offering clients In-App Purchase subscriptions for magazine and newspaper apps on the App Store. Existing subscriptions and background downloads will also remain unaffected.

The Categories

What’s changed?
Apps that have been located in the Newsstand category will now be found under the Magazines and Newspapers category. This will be done automatically, but publishers will have the option to change category after submitting a new iOS9 version of their app.

What hasn’t changed?
The primary category that was selected will not be modified.

The App Icons

What’s changed?
Newsstand (or per-issue) cover art will no longer be customizable for magazine and newspaper apps, now only a standard icon will be displayed.

What hasn’t changed?
The standard icon will be the existing icon created when the app was initially submitted.

The Atom Feeds

What’s changed?
The Atom feeds for Newsstand usually allow for metadata cover art updates, however this will no longer be available following the iOS9 release. Apple recommends a generic cover art to be used.

What hasn’t changed?
Functionalities to modify app screenshots and metadata via Atom feeds will continue as usual without the need to submit a new version of an app.

Overall, publishers will not need to worry about making any technical changes to their applications, but only to be aware of the more commercial implications of the update. For information regarding the Newsstand update, take a look at the Apple website. Don’t forget, using the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System to create apps means they will be automatically compatible with the new iOS release. Find out more.