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Apple News+ Audio

Oct 19, 2020

Apple News+ Audio

If you like having the news read to you, it should come as no surprise many others do too. It’s a welcomed option for people with vision loss, and a much appreciated alternative for people driving cars, commuting, working out, taking a walk or cooking dinner.  You may be one who also prefers listening to a human voice, as opposed to a computer simulated voice. The good news is you can get all that now, and more, for a small fee.

There is an abundance and a diversity of news stories available daily, on the News app from Apple, without a fee. However, the Audio content is part of the Apple News+ upgrade, for $9.99 a month in the US, and in the UK, Canada and Australia (with price converted based on currency , of course). The premium subscription gives you access to over 300 popular magazines, newspapers and digital publications in addition to the Audio features.

Image shows screenshots of Apple News+ Audio and magazines pages.

Image shows screenshots of Apple News+ Audio and magazines pages.

A curated selection of new Audio stories are produced each week highlighting longform journalism from a variety of publications that include Wall Street Journal, Time, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, to name just a few. You’ll find a breathtaking catalog of publications in the Apple New+ subscription like The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, Food & Wine, Architectural Digest and hundreds more.

Apple News Today is a hosted daily news update available free to all listeners, Monday through Friday. This audio feature is a podcast review of the important topics of the day with a look at how top journalists are reporting the news.

Let’s not forget, there are a number of ways to get Apple News content read to you utilizing one of these useful features found in Apple Accessibility Settings: Speak Screen, Speak Selection and VoiceOver. These are excellent solutions for reading all print articles, courtesy of the computer voice, which honestly, to most ears, is quite good,

Apple News is available free on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices which offer an opportunity for customers to experience a free month subscription when adding Apple News+.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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