Apple News Composer

Apple News notifications are available to select publishers. If you are interested in sending Apple News notifications, please contact your Urban Airship Account Manager.

Create a New Apple News Message

Choose your app from the Urban Airship dashboard, then click the Create New button, and select the Apple News composer.

The previewer on the right side of the screen updates as you compose your message. The Channel Name entered when setting up the service appears in bold.

  1. Enter the Push Notification Text you want to accompany the Apple News story, limited to 130 characters.

  2. Click the Select a story button, then click to select from the list that appears.


    Story information displayed:

    • Title
    • Share URL
    • Status: Only Live or Processing stories may be selected. If an article is processing, the message will be sent when processing is complete. A story that was retracted cannot be selected.

    The composer updates to show your selection. If the story has a canonical URL, it is displayed here instead of the share URL.


  3. Optionally select recipient Countries. This defaults to All. Available countries are dependent on the selections made when setting up the service with Urban Airship, not necessarily the countries you have configured with Apple.

    Select the radio button for Choose, then click to make your selection from the list that appears. After your first selection, use the Select a country dropdown menu to add another country.


  4. Confirm the message appearance and content in the previewer.

  5. Send your message! Click the Send Now button at the bottom of your window. If the selected story is still processing, the button will instead be labeled Send When Live .

We validate the country selection when the Send Now button is clicked. If a country selected here is not configured in your Apple News publisher channel settings, you will see the error Country not available when attempting to send to that country. Edit country selection in Settings » Services.

Messages cannot be retracted or deleted.

Message List

Go to Messages » Apple News to see a year’s history of your Apple News messages.