During WWDC 2015, Apple introduced Apple News, a news application that now joins the ranks of Flipboard and News360. Apple dispensed with unnecessary graphic elements that interfere with the functionality of the app, focusing instead on typography, photography, and the familiar tile interface. "For You" is a section that brings you news based on your subscriptions and likes. "Favorites" consist of broader topics like ESPN, fashion, and fine art, which are defined by colored tiles. You can continue to refine your topics in the "Explore tab," and use the "Search" tab to locate even more articles. "Saved" is where you find all the articles you saved or gave a heart to; you will also find in this section your reading history. Apple also plans to release "Apple News Format" for publishers who want to publish their own content.
Flipboard was given the honors by Apple to be the best iPad app of 2010. Since then, they have released an iPhone version. Does it measure up to the iPad version? Yes! Other apps have struggled with transitioning from the iPad to the iPhone, but Flipboard managed to duplicate that same ease of use and design as the original. As the name suggests, you simply flip through your news feeds with unbelievable ease. You can sync with other accounts like facebook, twitter and linkedin, and share your stories across social networks. Hands down, Flipboard still has the best UI and design among readers. Hard to believe that this app is FREE!. Flipboard 2.0 introduced new features, including "My Magazines."
Pocket is an Instapaper competitor and arguably the best application in the "read it later" category of news apps. Pocket has a beautiful design and layout that makes it easy to arrange, archive and share articles. The app is designed for the desktop and offers bookmarklets for saving articles in a browser. Pocket Version 5.6.7 introduced TTS or Text-to-Speech, which introduces audio to your listening experience, and each user has a profile page where you will find a list of articles you recommend.
Instapaper is a great source for saving articles and the first to standardize this kind of service for mobile devices. Instapaper is integrated into most News Readers, so it's a great reliable source for accessing all your favorite articles. Under "Read it later" you will find all the articles you have saved. You can then organize them by favorites, check articles by friends or the editor's choice. Instapaper is $4.99. You have the option for a paid subscription plan to get additional features like "search."
Pulse has long been a close competitor to Flipboard and was the first to successfully feature a web-based version of news reader. The talented Pulse team was acquired by LinkedIn and since then has undergone several iterations. The current version integrates loosely with LinkedIn but still maintains the centrality of a newsreader experience. On the main page, you will find your profile picture at the top and underneath a news feed with top headlines. You can swipe to the right to save articles for later, swipe left for articles you don't like, and you have the option to select the thumbs-up button or ribbon to like and save articles. A smaller profile icon can be found at the top right. Here you can locate your most recent activity, save articles, and people you are following. (Note: This app was discontinued as a natural consequence of the purchase of LinkedIn by Microsoft.