NetNewsWire 6 adds iCloud RSS syncing, Twitter and Reddit integration, and more

NetNewsWire on iPad
NetNewsWire on iPad (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • NetNewsWire 6 is now available for iPhone and iPad.
  • This update adds iCloud syncing, support for more services, Twitter and Reddit integration, and more.

Popular RSS reader app NetNewsWire has a new update out with version 6 now available for download from the App Store. This update adds a slew of new features, not least the ability to sync your feeds with iCloud.

That iCloud syncing is a huge deal for anyone who wants to have their feeds sync across multiple devices but doesn't want to use a service like Feedly, for example. It works just like you might expect, although there is one caveat according to developer Stuart Breckenridge.

A few words to the wise, though. First, if you're going to do a large migration of feeds into iCloud, it does take time. Apple has strict requirements on the amount of data that can be synced and will, on occasion, apply some throttling. (Be patient!) Second, like local accounts, you may miss some articles if they come and go before the app has completed a refresh.

For those who do want to use a third-party service to sync their feeds, BazQux, Inoreader, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, and FreshRSS are all now supported as of NetNewsWire 6.

New Home Screen widgets have been added, but the more interesting feature is the new Twitter and Reddit integration that will pull those networks into your RSS reader, should you wish.

Tweets and Reddit posts in an RSS reader? If you're using a local or iCloud account, this is now possible. You can enable Twitter or Reddit via the app's Settings menu under Add Extension.

That's pretty sweet!

All of this is available in the NetNewsWire 6 iPhone and iPad app that can be downloaded now. It's free and well worth a try. In fact, it's one of the best iPhone RSS readers around.

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.