Just a couple of years ago, the Saturday Puzzle in the Raleigh "News & Observer" was guaranteed to have at least one Xwing or Ywing or some sort of chain or cycle. Now their most difficult puzzle requires just solving naked/hidden singles, pairs or triples. Not even intersections ("pointing pairs", box-line reductions) show up.
The same seems to be true of other local newspaper puzzles, whether "gold" or 5-star. Do you think perhaps this is true because of e-newspapers? Solving an e-newspaper Sudoku is definitely a challenge, and perhaps keeping them easy makes their solution possible. But even then I don't see how to solve them without copying them to paper or an app.