According to 2015 Pew research, 68 percent of Americans use their phones to follow breaking news, and that trend’s growing. We live in a smartphone-dependent society, and that handheld device has completely transformed how the people consume content and follow the news.
With the ever-increasing reliance on these devices, there has been an explosion in digital media companies that cover a wide variety of news, which, in turn, has led to a widely fragmented media landscape with an overabundance of choices. You can aggregate news on your iPhone in many different ways. This article discusses six of the best news apps on the market.
Everyone has news publishers they trust to gather the latest news. Many of these publishers have been around for decades, building their reputation in the print world of newspapers and magazines. While some companies have struggled to transition to the digital world, others have continued to innovate and create beautiful user experiences with their proprietary apps.
New York Times
The New York Times is widely seen as the beacon of journalism. It has some of the most groundbreaking investigative journalism and is one of the most trusted news sources in the world, especially when it comes to politics, business and performing arts. The Times is one of the few newspapers that has made a seamless transition into the digital realm.
Full access to its app requires a subscription, but the app still offers 10 free articles per month. It has a beautiful, minimalist design that retains the look and feel of a newspaper, updated for modern times.
With the New York Times, you get some of the best content across essentially any genre. The company has made significant investments in digital video, podcasts and virtual reality, giving the user even more options to consume different kinds of content.
Wall Street Journal
Just like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal successfully made the transition from being solely a print operation to having a strong digital presence.
The Wall Street Journal is one of the most excellent investigative journalistic institutions, but its bread and butter is covering the business world, especially the financial sector.
Its app requires a subscription, but offers free access to a wide range of articles. The WSJ is essentially the bible of business, and its app gives you on-the-go access to in-the-know content in a great digital experience.
Curation apps allow you to select the types of content you’d like to receive; then, the app’s proprietary algorithms pull in relevant articles from a gamut of news organizations into a single news feed. This is a great way to get multiple perspectives on a single topic or continuously browse through a diverse selection of articles in a chosen genre.
Flipboard is an extremely popular news app with one of most beautiful app designs. It seeks to replicate a magazine-like user experience. When you swipe up, the page has the feel of flipping through pages.
When you first open the app, it prompts you to select from dozens of categories that interest you, including everything from news, sports, arts, style, culture, travel and business. From there, you can flip through a curation of articles based on those interests.
If you want to browse through a single topic, you can go to a different screen, select the desired topic and sift through various articles in that category.
Have you ever come across an article you want to read but didn’t have the time at that moment? Pocket solves that problem.
Pocket lets you save any and all articles you find across the digisphere and read them at a more convenient time. Essentially, you’re building your own news feed. Also, Pocket makes recommendations of articles to read based on the type of content you save.
Say what you want about social media, but there’s no denying that it has become an extremely influential force in news consumption. According to TechCrunch, 62 percent of American adults receive their news from social media.
Social media news feeds are essentially a curation of news content and the user-generated content of those you follow. A couple of social media platforms have more of news focus, combined with a seamless user experience.
LinkedIn Pulse takes the job focus out of LinkedIn and puts the articles into one app. You can access content from influencers, business magnates, publishers and common folk with great advice.
The content on this app has a focus on career development, industry trends, life advice and stories of what makes people successful. This is a great app to get a spark of motivation or enlightenment.
Reddit’s whole platform lets you read comment chains on any topic you could ever imagine. While there are a few bad apples, Reddit largely has insightful conversations around trending topics and breaking news from a diverse group of users. The app lets you seamlessly browse the large universe of content available on the Reddit platform. If you’re a fan of the Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature, there’s a separate app where you can continuously access the latest AMA’s on the go.