Apple News Gaining Dedicated 'Election Night' Tab With Real-Time Results

Apple will replace the existing "2018 Midterm Elections" channel in Apple News on November 6 with a new "Election Night" section, providing readers with real-time results of Election Day 2018 (via TechCrunch). The change will happen at 8:00 p.m. ET on November 6 and showcase live results, updates on key races, the latest developments, and more.

To ensure that readers can quickly keep tabs on results, Apple will also replace the central "Digest" tab in Apple News with the Election Night section. Apple is partnering with the Associated Press for the update, using its real-time election results to create dynamic infographics and a complete list of federal election results in every state, as well as House and Senate seats.

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The AP's data will allow Apple News to send out special alerts at the top of the Election Night feed -- or as a push notification if users choose -- to note if the balance of power in either the House or Senate has changed. All of these infographics and results data will automatically update every minute, and there will still be a manual page refresh option to force an immediate update.

Readers can expect the usual news coverage and live video feeds from existing Apple News partners as well:

Another section will focus on the latest developments – meaning breaking news headlines and stories related to election night coverage. This will feature news from a variety of sources including Axios, Politico, The Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, CBS, and others.

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.

Apple says that having a wide range of various news sources was necessary to ensure that all voters were informed about the election, no matter their political leaning. The company also notes that all of the Election Night coverage is not being driven by algorithms, and the November 6 update will see an "all-hands-on-deck" situation for the Apple News team.

This preference for human curation was recently highlighted in a report by The New York Times, which talked with Apple News editor in chief Lauren Kern about how her team approaches daily news curation for Apple. The company's decision to lean more heavily on human-led news selection instead of algorithms is the opposite strategy of rivals like Google News and Facebook, and Kern argues that Apple's way is "really the only legitimate way to do it at this point."

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Top Rated Comments

gretafour Avatar
75 months ago
Don't watch the results until you've actually VOTED. No excuses! VOTE!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WestonHarvey1 Avatar
75 months ago
Let me Save you all from Wasting time with Election Results.

NOT ENOUGH Latinos, Blacks, or young people bothered to Vote. Nothing will change in terms of balance of power. Republicans will control everything.
You cant fight math, its a mideterm election only a fraction of voters bother.
And a lot more latinos, blacks, and young people voted Republican than you'd expect.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
m0sher Avatar
75 months ago
You know Apple News would be much more desirable if it allowwed for news customization that’s personalized to me, rather than Apple deciding what news I should be reading.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ericgtr12 Avatar
75 months ago
Don't watch the results until you've actually VOTED. No excuses! VOTE!
^ This. No matter who you support please get out and vote. It's a privilege that not many countries grant to their citizens.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
75 months ago
And a lot more latinos, blacks, and young people voted Republican than you'd expect.
89% of blacks voted for Hillary, 8% voted for Trump...

28% of Latinos voted for Trump.

I’ll give you young people though. Only 55% of people 18-29 voted for Hillary. But 36% voted for Trump, while 9% voted for “other”. That 9% number is huge compared to past elections.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glockworkorange Avatar
75 months ago
To assume Republicans and Democrats are the same side of a coin is a real head scratcher.

Favoring the life of babies over convenience, favoring constitutional rights over banning them, open borders over a defined country...and so on and so forth.

The parties are not the same.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)