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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

Best news apps for iPad: Reeder 2

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

Best news apps for iPad: Mr. Reader

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.


Best news apps for iPad: Newsify

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.


Best news apps for iPad: NewsBlur

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.


Best news apps for iPad: Flipboard

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.

Your picks?

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!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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Ryan Estrada says:

I was a longtime Reeder user until the developer decided went absent on updating the app. I've been happy with Mr. Reader ever since.

Quintus says:

FeeddlerPro is my all-time favorite. I use it on iPhone and iPad for years. Minimalist and extremely reliable. I subscribe to InoReader and it works marvelously well.

erikbock says:

Quintus, I am with you. I have been using it for some time. I was glad they were able to move off of Google Reader onto other free services.

Antron says:

Mr. Reader has been my long time favorite. I like Reeder 2 but with the iOS 7 update to Mr. Reader it wins on my iPad hands down.

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asuperstarr says:

All of these are great. I like Mr. Reader and Newsify the most. I wish Mr. Reader was available on the iPhone and Mac. I like information to feel and look the same on all my devices. I'm also a big fan of DIGG. Great comparison of these apps!

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devonair says:

It's funny: in the breakdowns of each app, I kept seeing mention over and over again of Feedly support. This makes me wonder why there was no mention of the Feedly app itself. I use the Feedly app on my iPhone, iPad, AND via web browser and am very happy with it. Hell, I even read this article via the Feedly app. Then again, I'm an old school Google Reader user who strongly dislikes magazine style layouts when I'm reading my news aggregators. I've even tweaked my Feedly view settings to be as slimmed down and minimal as possible to mimic the old Google Reader feel. I love it for the fact that it provides such flexibility, while still syncing what I've already read across all my devices.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Feedly is very error prone. It logs me out randomly and doesn't by any means provide the best experience. Is it a good app? Sure, for some. Is it one of the BEST? Not by any means.

T-Will says:

Strange, I've never had the negative experience you're seeing with Feedly. I'm a former Google Reader user who switched over to the Feedly infrastructure.

I previous used Newsify, and before that I used Reeder, but found that the Feedly app works the best for me and has the best user experience. But that's just one guy's opinion.

devonair says:

Not just "one guy's opinion", but definitely two :) Like I said previously: I'm very happy with Feedly. But then again I notice that both you and I are former Google Reader converts, so this kinda makes sense. Feedly seems to fit the way we were used to working before Google shut things down. I've tried both Reeder and Flipboard, but Feedly is the only one that has become a mainstay in my workflow. Plus I have NEVER had any of the random logout problems mentioned above. I would definitely contact their support team to look into this.

linsiris says:

I agree with you on Feedly, I like Flipboard and have yet to try Reeder 2 ( I still have Reeder v1) but what about Zite? it is a GREAT app with a very nice and easy to use interface very iOS 7-like and the way it works and delivers news is different from the others, you find yourself discovering new feeds that you would not know about otherwise, the same goes to Circa. Oh! and Pulse? now called LinkedIn Pulse, I think that latest update took away what a lot of people liked about it and many others dislike the "LinkedIn" part, but still it is good to sort through feeds that mostly deliver images.

emjayess says:

I agree: I can't believe Zite missed the cut. It used to be a favorite around here.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

It's still one of my favorites. I look more at overall for these than my preference, if that makes sense.

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Team George says:

Yep agree - it's now in my dock

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ron_hites says:

The Flipboard App is definitely the BEST source when looking for "NEWS" that I have found.
I use it to find what's new in Apple and what's going on around the world. I love the way it presents everything in a magazine form and best of all it's free...

avelvethammer says:

I really enjoy using PULSE. Easy to use, syncs on all iOS devices and I can save my favorite stories.

Simon Sage says:

I haven't tried it in awhile. The latest App Store reviews are awful.

iMore_Reader_559 says:

I have tried them all. They're all good, but unquestionably, Mr. Reader is the power-reader's choice. For anyone who needs to go through a high volume of articles each day, only Mr. Reader is designed with that type of productivity in mind.

If I had a small volume of feeds and was more of a casual news reader, I would probably choose Reeder because it's so pretty and I feel good using it. Newsify is a good choice too, especially if you don't want to pay, but for power users it would be cheaper to pay for Mr. Reader to take advantage of the greater productivity it offers. Flipboard is nice, but as the article says, it's for casual readers.

For those of us who really use our iPads to get real work done, Mr. Reader fits within that scheme. For everyone else, any of the other choices are quite good.

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