Rumors of a new audio component to Apple News+ have been around for a little while but the recent release of iOS 13.5.5 in beta form has given us our best indication yet that it is on its way.

The update is now in the hands of developers and that means people are picking it about. So far a couple of icons and logos that point to the feature have been found.

An icon simply shows “Apple News+ Audio” as the name of the feature while another shows a pair of headphones and then the word Audio, suggesting it will be used to denote stories that support the new audio feature.

Based on previous rumors it appears that users will be able to select a compatible story and then have it read aloud. Apple has reportedly been reaching out to Apple News+ partners to ask them to allow audio versions of stories to be created.

Apple will handle all of the work, with payment to publishers handled in the same way it is now.

(Image: First icon showing News+ Audio service, second icon likely to show availability of audio with a news content)

It isn’t obvious when Apple plans on releasing the Apple News+ Audio feature, but it’s unlikely to be something reserved for iOS 14. If that was to be the case there would be no reason to have it available in iOS 13.5.5 betas.

(Image: An icon to supposedly show when an audio news recording ends)

Apple may instead announce the feature during its WWDC event later this month, with a launch taking place shortly after.

(Source: MacRumors)

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