The best apps for keeping track of all your favorite news feeds, streams, sites, and sources!
Reading on the iPad is an amazingly enjoyable experience, and news feeds are a great way to get amazing stuff to read. Put them together and what do you have? The best of all possible reading worlds. Apple no longer provides the online Safari news reader, which made opening feeds right in the browser a breeze, but there are a ton of great App Store apps that can help you get your RSS fix. Which is the best one for you? That's where iMore comes in! Here are my absolute favorite news reader apps for iPad!
Reeder 2 syncs with Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Fever, and Readability. Just sign into your account and all your news feeds come down, or If you want to add feeds manually, you can do that as well. The interface is simple, easy to use, and gorgeous in its own way. Reeder 2 also supports pretty much every sharing option you could want, including all the popular read it later services, and themes are available for reading in any environment. Since Reeder 2 is a universal app, buying it for iPad gets you the iPhone version as well.
If you value simplicity but still want complete control over your news feeds, you want Reeder 2.
Mr. Reader is one of the few news apps for iPad that has managed to create an amazing balance between design and feature set. Use the settings menu to tweak settings until your heart's content but all of that gets out of the way while you're reading. Many themes are available including light and dark options for day and night reading. Mr. Reader supports Feedly, BazQux Reader, Feedbin, FeedHQ, Feed Wrangler, Fever, InoReader, AOL Reader, SubReader accounts. Gesture support also lets you quickly swipe between or out of articles in portrait view.
If you aren't worried about iPhone support and want the best reading experience on the iPad that the App Store currently has to offer, get Mr. Reader.
Newsify provides Feedly account support or manual entry which then syncs with iCloud. Starting with the obvious, Newsify is more of a magazine style experience than it is an RSS feed. Newsify does have a list view though which can be accessed inside any feed in order to display a simpler way of scrolling through articles. There's no denying the interface is nicely done and manages to balance magazine style with quick reading. There's also a dark theme included for night time reading.
If you're a casual news browser and either use Feedly or don't mind entering feeds manually, the magazine style interface of Newsify is one of the best ones available.
NewsBlur aims to brin readers together in order to help everyone share and discover more content. There isn't any support for external news services so you have to manually add feeds, but your NewsBlur account saves all your feeds after that. Once you're all set up, you're ready to start sharing articles with friends, viewing what others are looking at and sharing, and more. While NewsBlur isn't one of the most full featured news readers available, its sharing and discovery features are some of the most unique.
If you want to discover new things to read and learn about things outside of your current news circles, check out NewsBlur.
Flipboard is a magazine style news app that gets smarter the more you use it. One of the most compelling features of Flipboard is the personalized magazine feature that lets you save articles to your own collections. It's somewhat of a Pinterest of sorts for news articles. Start a collection of articles for home improvement tips or for gift ideas. The point of Flipboard is that there's less upkeep on your end as Flipboard starts to recognize your reading habits. Flipboard also links up with all of your social accounts for a true all in one news reader.
For casual readers or hobbyists that like to save articles or prefer magazine style reading, Flipboard is hands down the best choice.
These are my favorite apps when it comes to reading news stories on the iPad but we know you guys have your favorites too. Do you use one of the apps mentioned above or something else? Sound off in the comments and let us know!