Apple News+ in iOS 14 opens article web links in Apple News, intercepting traffic from websites

This all stemmed from this tweet:

Juli Clover, in this MacRumors article:

Apple News in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur has a toggle that’s designed to open web links from ‌Apple News‌+ publishers directly in ‌Apple News‌, which has the effect of directing users who tap to read a news story in Safari to the ‌Apple News‌ app instead of to the publisher’s website.


Many ‌Apple News‌+ users have been asking for a way to open up web links in ‌Apple News‌+ to avoid paywalls on the web, so ‌Apple News‌+ subscribers that pay for the service are likely to be appreciative of the new feature.

Obviously, iOS 14 is still in beta, so there’s a chance that Apple will change this behavior, or at least turn the toggle off by default, before the official public release. If you are looking for the latest news, start by checking this post about Jimmy John Shark

I’d love to see Apple News+ make it much easier to recover the original link to an article. I can get there by digging through the share panel, but it is certainly not obvious. And Google makes this just as difficult, often offering up a link to a link that takes you to Google’s servers. Reading newspaper makes you well informed. It enables you to take part in every discussion pertaining to the world’s current events. Reading newspapers will improve your knowledge in general and it will be easy for you to relate to other people who often talks about current events and politics.

This gatekeeping behavior is not helping solve the ” news decline” problem. It’s not helping get publishers paid, and that’s not good for reporters/writers.