Apple News (iOS 12)
During WWDC 2018, Apple introduced Apple News for the Mac, along with a redesign for iOS. The iOS version still maintained the same content, but Apple chose to streamline the menus and simplify how users access information. In the current version, the bottom menu contains only three tabs: Today, Weekend Pursuits, and Channels. Today encompasses everything you would typically find in the "For You" section. Weekend Pursuits represents Apple's effort to provide curated content. Channels is where you will find most of the information that was formally provided in the bottom menu. At the very top of the channel page, you will find a search bar (formerly found on the bottom menu). By scrolling to the bottom of your channels, you will find your "History," "Saved Stories," and a button to "Discover Channels & Topics." With these changes, Apple chose to simply access so users can find information quickly and efficiently.
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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. Building on their success, Flipboard introduced an iPhone version in 2011. The title "Flipboard" alludes to the user interface that became its signature style: News articles are accessed by flipping tiles of information arranged in a grid format. Flipboard 2.0 introduced "My Magazines," a feature that lets users to set up curated magazines based on a topic or theme. Other users can subscribe to those magazines and receive updates when new posts are added. Flipboard 3.0 extended the option to add new magazines by choosing from over 30,000 topics. Flipboard 4.0 made it easy to set up new magazines and follow curated topics that coincide with your interest. On the phone, these new topics and magazines are accessed by swiping to the left, following themes you have selected along the top. This section can cover up to nine themes. Flipboard improves every year and continues to be the news reader ever designed for iOS.
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News36O is a newsreader that learns what kind of news you're interested in, and finds the best stories for you from pretty much every news source in the world. Stories are displayed in tile view and can be liked, disliked and shared by swiping upward on the tile. Font sizes can be adjusted and three themes ranging from light to dark to change how articles are displayed. News360 was originally released for the iPhone in 2010 and is now available on most mobile platforms.
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."