In iOS 9, Apple now permits users to move Newsstand apps out of the dedicated folder. It’s nice to see Apple loosening these restrictions. I suspect it’s because it was hard to keep a firm lock on what was really considered news: Would apps from, say, Buzzfeed or Vice be considered news or content? The lines are blurry.
The new News app is structured for slightly greater UX uniformity, and seems part of Apple’s move into content curation. First, Apple Music channels, and now, news aggregation. It’s not a money maker for Apple, but it is a means of steering users away from third-party apps like Zite, and into Apple’s ecosystem.