Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple News usage numbers for the first time during today's fourth quarter earnings call, announcing the service has approximately 40 million users.
Cook did not specify whether that number represented people who use the Apple News app on a regular basis or if it simply measured the number of people who have accessed the app at one point or another, so it's still difficult to gauge the popularity of Apple News.
Introduced alongside iOS 9, Apple News was initially restricted to the United States, but with the launch of iOS 9.1, Apple News expanded to the UK and Australia for the first time.
Apple News is an all-new app for iOS 9 that's designed to aggregate stories from a wide range of sources into a single mobile-friendly format for the iPhone and the iPad. It's similar in design to magazine-style news apps like Flipboard and Zite and replaces the previous Apple Newsstand app.
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