Roll video while you use your phone
Starting in iOS News v4.5.2 and iOS Sports v3.4.9., Apple users will be able to multitask and play CBC videos while using their phones, thanks to the new Picture in Picture function.
To launch this feature, tap the down chevron in the player. If ads precede the video you’ve selected, you must first allow them to finish.
You may see a new prompt when opening the app asking you for permission to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies. Opting into this allows us to serve you ads that are best suited to your interests.
Our new homescreen widgets — in medium and large — allow you to check headlines at a glance in the new iOS 14. Add top stories, local news and/or a topic-based widget to follow the big stories of the day.
To add a widget, long press on your homescreen and select the + in the top left corner. From there, you’ll find the CBC News widget in the gallery.
For local news and the topic widgets, you’ll need to customize your settings. Long press the widget to add your region or the topic you’re interested in.
Sorting local news by time or Editors’ Picks
We’ve also added some features to help you find exactly what you’re looking for with ease and speed. Let’s take a look at some of the changes.
This feature allows you to reorder your local news lineup by publishing time or by Editors’ Picks, which is a lineup curated by one of our news editors. Editors’ Picks mirrors the Top Stories lineup seen on the desktop version of CBCNews.ca.
Toggle the switch left or right to reorder the lineup in your local tab. If you sort “By Time,” the newest stories will appear at the top of the lineup. This function has long existed in the app but after gathering feedback from our readers, who said it wasn’t obvious to them, we made some design changes to make it more intuitive.
Previously, users who had selected more than one region and sorted their lineup by publishing time, were shown stories in a blended, single feed. As of this release, this feed will no longer be available.
Currently, this feature exists only in the local news section of the app. Available on Apple devices, coming soon for Android.
Dedicated COVID-19 section
We’ve added a dedicated COVID-19 section to the app to help you find the latest news. The section includes our maps and charts, local and national news, as well as features, fact checking articles, and video.
You can find this section by tapping on the Coronavirus Pandemic card on the Top Stories Page. The page is updated throughout the day with the latest developments.
We are also sending out COVID-19 alerts to keep you informed about news, press conferences and our latest feature articles. You can turn these notifications on or off in the settings panel on your phone.
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