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The excellent Unread 3 gains its own RSS syncing service and more

Unread Article List Ipad Screenshot
Unread Article List Ipad Screenshot (Image credit: Golden Hill Software)

What you need to know

  • Unread 3 is now available for download in the App Store.
  • The new update includes Unread Cloud, an RSS feed syncing service.
  • Unread 3 is a free download with an optional subscription unlocking premium features.

If you're someone who needs to keep tabs on the latest internet happenings, you're probably already familiar with RSS. Unread is a great way to follow and read RSS feeds on iPhone and iPad — and with Unread 3, it's better than ever thanks to the integration of an all-new sync service.

That sync service is one built specifically for Unread 3, dubbed Unread Cloud. It's available for no additional free and all you need to do is create an account by using Sign in with Apple. Once done, you just add your RSS feeds and you're done. Unread Cloud will handle syncing, too, so you're always up-to-date across multiple devices no matter where you read your feeds.

Create or log in to an Unread Cloud account on all your devices via Sign in with Apple. With an Unread Cloud account, our servers retrieve articles from feeds, and your device retrieves those articles from our servers. This makes refreshing your account fast, reduces the battery power and bandwidth required by your device, and ensures that you do not miss articles when your device is offline.

Unread already supports third-party feed handlers like Feedly, Fever, and Feedbin, but this one is built right in and requires no additional accounts — just sign in using your Apple ID and you're good to go.

That isn't the only improvement in Unread 3, of course. Changes to the app icon, improved Share Sheet interactions, and changes to the Settings screen make this the best version of Unread yet — and one of the best iPad and iPhone apps at what it does, too.

You can download Unread 3 (opens in new tab) from the App Store now — it's free with an annual subscription unlocking the premium functionality. Those who already have Unread 2 installed will see the new app ready and waiting for them, too.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.