2014 was a prolific year for the App Store with over 500,000 new apps over the last calendar year. Now, it’s time to take a look back at all of the apps released in 2014, and pick the best ones. We have broken down the top apps into individual categories as we lead up to the top 10 apps of the year overall. Our rankings are based on a three person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. Now, we present the best news apps of 2014.
Yahoo News Digest (Free, Universal) [Review]: An outstanding app to provide daily news, both in the morning, and evening. The best part of the app is that it focuses on delivering a specific set of articles, rather than all the news of the day, and the articles have been condensed into finely crafted summaries. The article give you all you could want, and in addition there are connections to related images, videos, infographs, maps, Wikipedia articles, tweets, and sources. It’s a great app to check out a couple of times a day to keep you on top of the news presented in a beautifully designed package.
Overcast: Podcast Player (Free, Universal) [Review]: A new podcast client that provides a clean, yet feature rich podcast client. Once you have a few shows added, you can start to set up seamless playlists that support customization, and automation. There are also some valuable features for playback, beginning with a speed increase option that actually works to provide clarity, and not distorting the audio feed. There’s also “Smart Speed”, which intelligently removes silence from podcasts, and combined with the speed increase can really reduce listening time, while still providing the full flavor.
Unread (Free, iPhone) [Review]: Unread offers an extreme take on minimalism to give you little beyond words on the page to let you easily read your RSS feeds. The app connects with Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, and NewsBlur to then give you a full screen reading view of your RSS feeds from those services. It’s easy to browse through your feeds with various settings to add thumbnails, mark as read while scrolling, or access the persistent web browser. Not only is it easy to view all of your new content, but it’s easy to move through it all with swipe gestures.
Trade Rumors (Free, Universal) [Review]: The app combines all three great sports rumor sites into one app. If you’re a sports fan that enjoys not just one sport, but football, baseball, and basketball, then there’s no better resource. You may track ESPN, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, local newspapers, beat writers. particular sports writers on Twitter, but they’re all completely separate, and only offer pieces of information. Trade Rumors covers them all, and then some, so you essentially have every potential sports resource gathered for you to always be in the know about the MLB, NBA, and NFL. The news is always as it happens, and now you can have it all on your iOS device in a streamlined package.
Apple’N’Apps (Free, iPhone) : We would be remised not to highlight our own app that launched this past November. We might be a little biased, but we think it’s deserving of being named one of the five best apps of 2014. We spent over two years making it to create the swipe gestures, colorful iOS 7 inspired menu, and great readability of our quality content.