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New jailbreak tweak brings Apple News to unsupported countries

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Apple News, a news reading app introduced in iOS 9 that replaces Newsstand, is only available in the United States for now, and even explicitly blocked in some areas, though the UK may be getting access very soon. However, a new jailbreak tweak enables readers to use the app from anywhere in the world now without waiting or changing regions.

The tweak is called NewsOfTheWorld, and it launched for free on the BigBoss repository this morning. Installing it will place the News app on your home screen and allow you to use all of its features. Curiously, you’ll need to reboot your phone twice after installing the tweak before it kicks in, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the app right away.

Once you’ve got Apple News up and running, be sure to add 9to5Mac to your library to stay up-to-date on the latest news and reviews. If you’re looking for some other cool mods to install on your newly jailbroken iPhone, we recently covered a few that will enable iPhone 6s features on your older handsets, iPod touches, and iPads including 3D Touch and Live Photos.

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  1. I’m in the US and the 9to5Mac feed in News is always at least 19 hours out of date for me…none of my other sources are like that.

    • Mike Beasley - 7 years ago

      It’s an RSS feed straight from the site so it should be up-to-date at all times.

      • Strange…I guess it’s a problem with Apple News itself then? Because it’s definitely still doing that. In fact this is the most recent story displaying for me within the app, on all three devices I’m running it on (so it’s not a device-specific issue). I haven’t noticed this issue with other RSS-based feeds, either. Anyway I reported it to Apple.

  2. William - 7 years ago

    In the UK, “News” is present and working well in 9.1 public beta 5, so probably simpler to just install that.

    It seems rather smoother/better than when I tried it a few weeks by changing the regional settings in 9.0. Especially nice on the iPad and more publishers seem to be available now. Not sure about the usefulness of the recommendations, I find myself browsing to a particular source. Also many articles with formatting errors – missing links, raw HTML tags etc. – presumably due to publishers not validating their CMS output correctly.

    • Inaba-kun (@Inaba_kun) - 7 years ago

      It’s there in the beta for sure but working well…? I beg to differ. It doesn’t background refresh and it takes an age to update when triggered. It it updates at all, I’m often left with news days old with apparently nothing new to fetch. (Which is of course a lie as I’m subscribed to lots of feeds)

  3. PhilBoogie - 7 years ago

    I wonder what happens when Apple adds news & rumours on Apple Inc. to their iOS News App. Will it be called *AppleAppleNews*¿ *Apple2News*¿

  4. sar2607 - 7 years ago

    lol you don’t need to jailbreak your device for the Newsapp. I’m registered in the German store, but I wanted the News app, so I just changed my country in Settings on the iPhone to the US. Voila, iPhone restarted and there you have it, the news app!

    • Victor - 7 years ago

      Exactly wanting wanted to say. I’m in Kenya & I got it by doing the same thing. Easier if you haven’t jailbroken.