Apple putting live midterm election results front and center in its news app

The Apple News app is being rejigged for election night, to make it easier to track midterm election results as they come in.

A new Election Night section will replace Apple News’ Digest tab, and alerts will appear at the top of the feed in the event of major news …

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The company, on 8 PM ET on November 6, will swap out the existing Midterm Elections section in the Apple News app, and replace it with a new Election Night section instead. This section will also replace Apple News’ Digest tab at the bottom-center of the app, in order to lead users directly to the special section where they’ll be able to track the live results, updates on key races, latest developments and more.

The company is partnering with the Associated Press for its real-time election results, as do many news organizations thanks to AP’s history and experience with verifying results.

Here, Apple will use that AP data to inform a number of dynamic infographics as well as offer a complete list of federal election results in every state, including House and Senate seats.

These results will update every minute, or you can just “refresh” the page manually to force the update at any time.

Special alerts will flag any change to the balance of power in either the House or the Senate as the midterm election results unfold.

The most interesting races will be highlighted in a Key Races section, while the rest of the election news will be drawn from a wide variety of sources.

[These include] Axios, Politico, The Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and CBS.

CBS News, CNN, and Fox News will also contribute video clips to the Election Night hub, while ABC will offer a live video feed. Another live video feed from NBC News will appear in a widget alongside the Live Results infographic.

All feeds will be available to everyone: Apple says you won’t have to authenticate to watch them.

Midterm election results coverage is being curated by people, not by algorithms, a process highlighted in a recent New York Times piece.

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