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How to hide Newsstand
As you're most likely aware of, there are some default apps on the iPad that are there to stay. They can't be deleted, but they can all be moved into a group... that is, all but one: Newsstand. Yes, this annoying app (to me, at least) is never used by many iPad users, yet Apple's made it such that you cannot delete it or even put it in a group. Fortunately, there's a bit of a workaround for placing it in a group, though doing as such will make Newsstand lose functionality until removing it from the group (which doesn't matter, because you want it gone in the first place). Here's what you do:
From your home screen, long-press an app to get the apps to jiggle. Once you do this, move the app onto another app, so as to create a group. Now, here's where it gets tricky: as soon as you see the animation of a new group being created, quickly let go of the app you're currently holding, tap on Newsstand, then move it over the new group. It takes a bit of timing and a few tries to get it, but eventually, you will see Newsstand appear within the group (like pictured above).
Since I don't ever use any of the default apps (outside of the App Store, iTunes, and Game Center), I have an app group titled "Default Apps." It's great for keeping all those apps out of sight and out of mind!
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