During WWDC 2015, Apple introduced Apple News, an application that delivers news across a range of topics via RSS feeds. Entering a market long by Flipboard and LinkedIn Pulse, Apple promises to rival those platforms while offering something unique: New Publisher. While news readers primarily focus on delivering and sharing news, News Publisher will provide an opportunity for users to also become creators. Using Apple's unique proprietary software, businesses and individual bloggers will be able to published articles that include images, slideshows, animations, video, and custom fonts. To learn more about this development, check out our blog post.
Flipboard was given the honors by Apple to be the best iPad app of 2010. Since then, they have released an iPhone version. 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. The iPad, however, offers a larger space to view documents and this can be very attractive to those who are accustomed to the traditional magazine format. Flipboard, of course, is distinguished for its flipping tile interface that adds visual pleasure and ease of use when browsing articles. Flipboard's most recent feature in "My Magazines, where you can save articles in magazines that you curate yourself.
Early Edition 2
Early Edition 2 by Glasshouse Apps is the second iteration of this app, following the initial release of Early Edition One. Known for its classic newspaper style layout, the latest version introduced a brand new, redesigned interface that capitalizes on swiping gestures to quickly access controls. Apple abruptly abandoned skeuomorphism, but Early Edition 2 distinguishes itself from other newsreaders with virtual scrolling news rolls to refresh articles and intern memo envelopes that animate to send out shared articles. The app also includes virtual drawers or cardboard boxes to store saved articles in Readability. This app is arguably the most innovative of all news readers.
Pulse made its appearance in the news reader market in December 2011. Since then, it has been one of the leading news apps for the iPad and more recently the iPhone. Pulse introduced a scrolling tile interface that enables you to navigate articles vertically and horizontally, including the ability to save articles to your own personal library to read later. In the spring of 2013, Pulse was acquired by Linkedin, but, for the most part, maintaining the same features and tile interface, but simplifying the layout for a cleaner and more seamless experience. Of course, LinkedIn, along with Twitter and Facebook is a primary source for sharing articles. Microsoft purchased LinkedIn so the app is no longer supported.
Feedly offers a quick way to access your RSS feeds or news articles. The user interface is smooth and quick, enabling users to browse articles very quickly using scrolling and swiping gestures. Feedly quickly gained in popularity when Google discontinued Google Reader, which most power users heavily relied upon. Feedly rapidly promoted the integration of all Google reader accounts, catapulting its popularity. Feedly's user interface is fairly simple, but it noted for its lightening quick speed. Feedly continues to update the app and provide improvements in the user interface.