The move is meant to make it easier for publishers to sell their Apple News articles with inventory on their own sites and their Google Accelerated Mobile Pages and Facebook Instant Articles inventory. That way, publishers may start to see some real revenue from Apple News and be more willing to produce the higher-quality, exclusive content that Apple seeks, especially on the video side, where the company has even started paying publishers for premieres. Publishers keep 100 percent of the revenue from the Apple News ads they sell directly.
Publishers still can’t use DFP to serve pre-roll ads against their videos on Apple News, nor can they use it to serve HTML5-based ads. For now, DFP only works for display ads, including animated GIF ads, according to Apple.
Publishers’ DFP-delivered ads on Apple News are also limited when it comes to targeting. That’s consistent with Apple’s anti-creepy advertising stance, but it could limit publishers’ ability to sell their Apple News inventory to advertisers that are accustomed to pinpoint targeting.