Apple iOS 7 lets you hide Newsstand, but you still can't delete it

Small but crucial interface change finally lets iPhone & iPad users put Newsstand icon in folder

Apple iOS 7 finally lets you put the Newsstand app icon in a folder, ending a long-standing if minor irritation among iPhone and iPad users.

It might sound like an incredibly minor change to the interface, but the fact that Apple iOS 7 finally lets users place the Newsstand app icon in a folder will bring relief to a small but perpetually irritated group of Apple fans/critics.

Hitting the Newsstand: Many iPhone users disliked the fact that the Newsstand icon (seen here in iOS 7: fourth row down, far left) couldn't be moved into a folder. Now it can; and it's also been given a new icon to replace the wooden bookshelves of old

John Koetsier was one of the first to discover the crucial upgrade, to his considerable pleasure: in an article last October, Koetsier described the situation as unconscionable:

"I and millions of other iPhone users are stuck with a user experience of an app that we do not use and do not want and cannot delete or even file away."

Until iOS 7 came along, Koetsier's solution was to create a screen for Newsstand to occupy all by itself. Now at least he - and those who don't wish to use Apple's magazine subscription ecosystem - can at least add Newsstand to the 'Apple stuff' folder most of us create for the non-deletable Apple stock apps that we don't take a shine to.

Of course, Newsstand has its advantages too: such as the ability to download free app editions of Macworld and iPad & iPhone User. With temptations like that, why would anyone want to hide it?

[Related: Will I be able to update to iOS 7 on my iPhone? | Apple iOS 7 announced at WWDC 2013 | How to update your iPhone or iPad to Apple iOS 7 | Apple iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad preview & first impressions | Massive iOS 6 uptake is good news for Apple's iOS 7 launch]

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