Along with many other changes, iOS 5 ushers in Newsstand, Apple’s centralized hub for dealing with subscription-based digital newspapers and magazines. Many existing iOS apps already support Newsstand, so you may already have noticed it at work.

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Along with many other changes, iOS 5 ushers in Newsstand, Apple’s centralized hub for dealing with subscription-based digital newspapers and magazines. Many existing iOS apps already support Newsstand, so you may already have noticed it at work.

The first thing you’ll notice about Newsstand is that it takes your iOS subscription apps and removes their icons from your home screen — instead, Newsstand compatible apps appear as issues lined up on a shelf when you tap open the Newsstand app itself. Each issue will display the most recently released cover, so you can tell at a glance if there’s something new.

Newsstand also contains a link to a dedicated digital periodicals section of the App Store, where you can browse titles and add to your subscription list. At first glance, it looks like a lot of Apple’s magazine publishing partners have signed on for Newsstand.

In the Store section of your iOS device’s Settings app, there’s also a new section allowing you to choose whether or not to automatically download new content from your Newsstand subscriptions when connected via Wi-Fi. Since issues can sometimes take quite a while to download, this is a very welcome new feature.

Finally, it’s worth noting that while you can’t delete the Newsstand app from your home screen, or put it into a folder, you can delete subscription apps contained within simply by holding the cover images until they wobble. Apps in the holder work the same as they did when they were located on the home screen as icons.

I’m glad to have all these titles centrally located, with auto-updating content and covers, since it more accurately mimics the act of actually browsing magazines at the store. Also, I like having them all together, because that’s how I tend to digest my periodicals anyway: all at once in long sessions. Do you like Newsstand, or did you prefer things the way they were?

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  1. I can go either way on it; what I really *don’t* like is that you can’t put it in a folder. I may use it on my iPad, but I never read any magazines on my iPhone, so NewsStand is, literally, just taking up space. And since I can’t put it in a folder–I have a special folder for Apple stuff that can’t be deleted from the iPhone but that I never use, like the Stocks app–it takes up a *lot* of space. And that’s just not okay, in my opinion.

    1. I also dislike the inability to be able to put the newsstand app into a folder. It’s new, compared to the other old useless apps you would normally just hide in a folder like Stocks etc.

    2. Good news!!!! You actually CAN put newsstand in a folder but it’s a lil tricky… Just use two apps to start a new folder (with newsstand right next to the folder you’re creating)… As this new folder is being created QUICKLY grab the newsstand app (as its jiggling) and drop it over the new folder being created. It may take a few tries BUT TRUST ME IT WORKS!!!!! I’ve done it on both my iPad and iPhone 4S. Hope this helps everyone out:)

      1. This workaround is NOT permanent; the next time you sync, you’ll find it outside the folder!

        And, if you have any subscriptions already in the newsstand folder and try to open them, you’ll crash your iPhone/iPad.

      2. is there a way to remove the Newstand completely and then put The New York Times and other newspapers or magazines into separate folders? Thanks, Jim jlevine@levinegreenberg.com

    3. I dont really care about putting the app in a folder, but what sense does it make to have it not accept newspapers. The selections are almost useless, and to block papers from the stand is absurd. Thanks for nothing…

    4. jailbreak and the use “nonewsisgoodnews” app in cydia. take that apple! damm idiots. they must be rotten apples these days…

  2. All newsstand apps are listed as “free” when you download one are you charged anyways for the single issue or are you not charged until later?

    1. I have the same question, today i clicked on an artiele and it said 69e on a quick screen then rapidly downloaded it. I dont know whether that means i paid for it, i havent received a receipt and i dont want to click on anything else in case it charges me again. Im happy to pay but i want a warning before i do

  3. Agree – not happy that I can’t put it in a folder. A strange choice

  4. i would just like to have the ability to hide it in a folder since i dont use it.

  5. This reminds me of the old Internet Explorer BS from Gates. I don’t want it but I have it weather I like it or not BS. Is Apple trying to push us to Android?

    1. you would really move devices and OS platforms over something like this? Come on people all we have to do is ask in big numbers and Apple will hear us.

      1. Benjamin Williams Dearg Thursday, October 13, 2011

        Yes I would change devices or at least jailbreak to remove it.

      2. I agree, making a huge statement of moving to Android over this is a bit much.

    2. I don’t think this is exaggerated at all. I really hate it. I like having choices. I like keeping my stuff organised. I keep all my reading applications in one folder, and that is where newsstand belongs, and I can’t move it. I will have to create a separate page five pages away so that I would never see it again. But then, I hate having too many pages. I find it vexing, to force an app to stare in my face when I don’t want it.

    3. Yer of course this is a reason to move systems and devices. We are constantly bombarded with cheaper and more flexible systems. Why would you want to stay with a system that is proscriptive and dictatorial?

  6. I don’t like that you can’t put other news apps in it, like USA Today or the Engadget app. I’d like to have all my news stuff, subscription or not, all in one folder. I’m fine with putting everything in Newsstand, but I can’t do that nor can I put Newsstand in a folder, so right now, I have to have a News folder for all my news apps and Newsstand right next to it since NYTimes and Popular Science are forced to go in there.

    1. I know exactly wht you mean, I tried to transfer all my newspaper apps into newstant and it just kept moving away, annoying and it just doesn’t make sense not to have all the news stuff together.

    2. Lynn Silverstein Cromer William Thursday, October 13, 2011

      I agree with this person. I don’t like that I can’t put my newspaper subscriptions inhere or my news app, like CNBC, or NY Times

    3. I am of the same opinion, I would like to be able to put all news apps in Newsstand instead of having another folder for other (some foreign) magazines and newspapers

    4. I am of the same opinion, I would like to be able to put all news apps in Newsstand instead of having another folder for other (some foreign) magazines and newspapers

    5. Right, it has to be open for all News Apps. A censorship here is hilarious.

  7. i really don’t like newsstand. i can see why it’s beneficial, but i don’t have any subscription apps where i even use it. it would be nice to be able to at least put it into a folder so it’s not sitting, empty and ugly on my home screen, since i know i will never use it.

  8. I can understand a reaction either way on the “enforced” placement issue. Oops, did I just reveal my bias? I prefer to have the NY Times app, for example, available as a standalone so that I can get to it with a single click, which I do several times a day. Now, I have to click on Newsstand, find it, perhaps with some scrolling of the cute carousel, and then click again. A waste of time. More to the point, this is outrageously obtrusive, whether by Apple’s we-know-best-and-you-don’t or Microsoft’s totally-clueless-about-how-real-people-work strategy, I wouldn’t want to guess. So obtrusive, in fact, that I may well cancel my NYT subscription, and I will certainly not purchase any others. BTW, ask yourself where this could lead for the longer run…. How about *all* of your apps in a single large… oh, wait, we already have that. It’s called the iPad!

    1. I agree. I also read the NYTimes several times throughout the day so I like having the app on my Home page for easy access, next to the WSJ and Economist subscriptions – thankfully these two have not been forced into the Newsstand

      1. NYT put themselves in Newstand. Now maybe Apple asked if they would like to be a featured/flagship offering for Newstand, but I strongly doubt apple forced this on them.

    2. Is there a way to remove the NYT app from Newsstand?

      1. I would like to know how to take a magazine off of news stand

  9. I really hate that Apple doesn’t allow this to be put in a folder. I have a folder called “useless crap” for all the Apple stuff that I never use but can’t delete. They just can’t leave well enough alone.

  10. My only gipe is the lack of content for the international market, specifically UK & Europe. I was particularly excited about The Daily during Steves keynote earlier in the year only to find out on the date of release it will be US only. Would be nice for Apple to sometimes specify regional availability upfront but its only a small thing. The truth is if you travel as much as i do i want the option to purchase content from any location where licensing allows. And if it doesn’t, tell me that and i can stop blaming Apple each time.

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