Why can't I move the iOS 5 "Newstand" into a folder? (reader mail)JohnS writes: I have absolutely no use for the new Newsstand thing in iOS 5, and I want to dump it into a folder of apps I never use. But my iPad won’t let me!

Greetings, John. Newsstand, which is new for the iOS 5 system software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, groups all your digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions into one place.

Handy? Maybe. Limited? Definitely

Newsstand comes in handy if you love reading the New York Times or Vanity Fair on your iDevice, and it alerts you when new issues arrive and even downloads them in the background, which I love.

But if you prefer reading the news on good, old-fashioned paper and you’d rather not have Newsstand junking up your iPhone or iPad home screen, your options are a bit limited.

Normally, if you don’t want an app on your iPhone or iPad, you can just delete it. (Just tap and hold the offending app’s icon, then tap the little “x” that appears once the app starts shaking.)

Unfortunately, since Newsstand is now “native” to the iOS software (as are the Apple-designed Weather, Stock, and Calculator apps), you can’t just delete it off your phone.

Nope, it won’t go quietly into a folder

And here’s another thing: you can’t just toss Newsstand into a folder and forget about it. (To create a folder, by the way, you just tap and hold an icon, drag it on top of another app that you’d like to group it with, and voilà—you’ve got a folder.)

Why? Because as far as the iPhone and iPad are concerned, Newsstand isn’t really an app at all.

Instead, it’s just another folder—one designed specifically to contain your digital newspapers and magazines. And in the world of iOS, you can’t put a folder in a folder.

Annoying, yes, or at least it is if you’re not a Newsstand fan.

If you’re really intent on hiding the new iOS 5 Newsstand, you could try banishing it to a far-off home screen.

Just tap and hold the Newsstand folder until it shakes, drag it to the right edge of the display until it slides to the next home screen, keep going until you’ve create a new screen at the very end, then click the Home button.

Update: A few helpful readers have posted tips below for hiding Newsstand in a folder; keep in mind, though, that the tips aren’t sanctioned by Apple, and they may cause Newsstand to crash.

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