If you updated your iPhone to iOS 12.2 you will notice in the Apple News app that there are no more "Love" and "Dislike" buttons in the stories. Why did Apple remove them? And will they return?
The short answer to both questions? We do not know. We've come out to Apple to see why they were removed and if they will show up in a future update, but we haven't heard it yet. Until we get an official answer, we can only guess.
My best guess is that it was an unintentional consequence of rolling out the Apple News + subscription service. There is currently no way to share anything, no less love or dislike it, in the newspaper, news or other premium content on the "News +" tab. As such, it may just have been a sneak that the Love (Heart) and Dislike (crossed out heart) icons were removed from the stories in the "Today" feed.
There is still plenty of space at the bottom left of the stories to include the buttons, but for now it's just wasted space down there. The action button (aka share button) was moved up to the right inside stories, making it seem intentional that Apple removed the Love and Disappointment buttons. Why move an icon and forget about the other two who were with it?
Okay, but the real problem here is why this is important. Personally, after reading a story, I will love or dislike it right now and then. But now, in IOS 12.2, you must turn on the action button and then drag along the action extensions to find the "Love Story" or "Dislike Story" options. It is a few steps further than before.
You can also press the back button and swipe to the left of the story in the "Today" field to reveal the "Love Story" button. Similarly, swiping directly on the story shows the "Different History" button. You can also use 3D Touch to see and swipe up to see the action sheet where the options "Love Story" and "Dislike Story" are displayed. There are no action buttons anymore in the "Today" field, so this option is no longer feasible.
However, the problem with the feed options "Today" is that the feed is always updated. If you just look at the feed and love or like something without reading it, it is good. But if you read it and tapped the back button to show it in the feed again, it is likely that Apple News automatically updates itself, shoots your article down, hard to find again without seeing your "History" in the "Following" tab .
We hope this is only a minor monitoring of Apple, which has removed features like this before they are just thrown back in a future update. For example, when it removed Apple Music star rating in iOS 10 and added it to iOS 10.2.
As for other notable tweaks to Apple News: The action button is away from any story in the feed view "Today". "Apple" is replaced with the Apple icon in the "Today" feed; The news icon and current temperature were removed from the "Today" feed; The "Digest" intermediate tab was replaced with the "News +" tab. The action button was moved from the bottom left to the right in the stories; and the "Next Up In" label at the bottom right of the stories was replaced with a simple "Next".