Sitting down with your iPad is a great way to start your day, with so many news apps available to read as you enjoy your cup of coffee. The iPad has really transformed how we consume the news: what was once done only first thing in the morning with a newspaper or radio blurb and then in the evening on the television can now be done at any time of the day or night to keep you up-to-date on breaking news stories or ongoing pieces. Here is our list of the best news apps for iPad.
The best news apps for iPad
17 Nov 2017, by Christine Pamintuan
News360: Personalized News will quickly turn your iPad into your regular news station that brings you curated news that interests you. Though it starts off by bringing fairly generic news to the news feed, the app learns over time what you might like and helps you find stories you might never find in the flood of news stories in other media. The interface makes it that much more fun to dive into the stories or simply skim headlines for the day. Users can share article via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instapaper, or even Evernote.
- Custom news feed
- Learns your tastes over time
- Beautiful interface
- Social media integration
- Save to Instapaper or Evernote to read later
Awarded the editor's choice by Apple and in the top 10 iPhone apps of 2016, Quartz is a superlative news app which works like a news chat bot at your disposal. It utilizes Augmented Reality to view objects in 3D models. Users can customize their push notifications to only receive the ones that are interesting and entertaining. The app has some pretty cool notifications that can sometimes be adorned iwth photos, charts, GIFs, and other media. The hilarious Trump Snooze button ensures you don't receive any news about the US president for 24 hours. If you ever run out of news stories that interest you, no need to go browsing for boring or depressing news stories; simply ask the app for something else and they will whip you up a quiz or other types of engagement.
- Award-winning app
- News chat bot
- Custom fun notifications
- Trump Snooze
- Quizzes and more
Newsdaily lets you read daily news the way you want, with a completely customizable appearance. You get to choose font, text size, and theme. Get the latest news from thousands of publishers all in one place from Google News RSS feeds. See news from over 70 countries and with the Pro version, search for relevant news stories with keywords. You can save stories to your device to read later, add custom news categories you read often, and choose a darker theme for night reading. There's no setup needed and the dropdown menus give you easy access to related news and options for sharing.
- Powerful news reader
- Uses Google News RSS feeds
- Search with keywords with the Pro version
- Save articles to read later
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade to Pro
Reuters TV offers free, personalized news with more than 2,500 journalists in 200 locations providing on-demand news programming as well as live feeds of world events. You can have news curated just for you, to suit whatever mood you may be in. Choose the program length and watch news whenever you want, even if you don't have access to the Internet because news programming will download at scheduled times for offline viewing. You can watch for free with small amounts of advertising, or opt to pay to remove the ads. Both options offer the same features and programming.
- Relevant to you
- Set to your duration preference
- Auto-download for offline viewing
- Free with optional in-app purchase to remove ads
The BBC NEWS app has been done over and is now fresher-looking, offers more content, and has greater personalization options. You'll be able to find content fast because the app will suggest news stories based on ones you've recently viewed and what's currently in the news. My News section lets you personalize your news offering, and Top Stories offers only the latest, breaking news from the global network of journalists. You can add topics where you see the + icon to get straight to the stories you want to read. Other features include push notifications for breaking news stories, an improved offline experience, and the ability to share stories over social networks, email, or text message.
- Live BBC World Service Radio
- Video over cellular and WiFi
- Find content quickly
- Full selection of stories from the newsroom
- Personalize your news offering
NPR News gives you the NPR experience on your iPad. You'll be able to follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations while on the go. Enjoy hourly news updates, hear public radio podcasts on demand, create a playlist of stories, bookmark your favorite stations, and more. Some of the programs you can listen to include All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, Planet Money, and more. You're able to find stations by GPS or zip code. Want to read while you listen? You can do that, too.
- Listen to NPR's hourly news updates
- Bookmark your favorite stations
- Listen to your favorite live programs
- Hear public radio podcasts on demand
- Free news app for the iPad
Newsify has been featured by Apple as “What's Hot” and “New and Noteworthy” and for good reason. This app lets you read and share your favorite websites and blogs in a cool newspaper-like format. You can read all of your favorite blogs, news, and RSS feeds in one reader app. The app has background syncing with notifications, offline reading options, night mode, full-screen article reading, the ability to sort by oldest or newest first, and many more features that make reading the news and blogs an absolute pleasure. If you want to upgrade to Newsify Premium, try it for a week for free and get even more features.
- Newspaper-like appearance
- Night mode
- Show only unread folders/subscriptions or all
- Choose your theme
- Free with in-app purchases
The Economist for iPad is a news app that lets you read or listen to a selection of articles chosen every week by the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes. You will have access to what's going on in finance, business, technology, current affairs, science, economics, and the arts. Every week's issue is released on Thursday at 4 pm and you can read or listen to it before it hits newsstands. You can store and access back issues, pre-download so you can enjoy the content offline, and it's easy to move between the audio and reader features.
- A selection of articles chosen each week by The Economist's Editor-in-Chief
- Read or listen to the articles
- Store and access back issues
- Read offline
- In-app subscription required
If you want to be able to save and store your articles so you can read them later, check out Instapaper. You'll get a mobile-optimized text view that you can read offline, anywhere and anytime you want. Your reading experience will be clean, uncluttered, and if you'd rather listen, you can do that too with its text-to-speech feature. Another nice thing about this app is that you can save to Instapaper from within other iOS apps with just a tap so there's no messing around. You can control the font, spacing, and color theme, highlight text, and sort your list of articles by length, date, and popularity. There are really so many features you will just have to try this app.
- Save articles and read them offline
- Mobile-optimized text view
- Text-to-speech feature
- Send to Kindle
- Free with optional in-app purchase for Premium membership
NewsFlash makes sure you have access to all breaking news as it is happening. You'll get headlines from multiple news sources all shown on one stream. You can quickly and easily scan the headlines you want; breaking news is always listed first and you will see topic-related articles grouped together so you can compare different sources for the same story to see all sides. The app downloads stories super fast, so you'll be reading in no time. This is a free app that is supported by iAds, which you can remove with an in-app purchase.
- See the latest news as it breaks
- Headlines from multiple sources
- Download stories fast
- Headlines in Business, Sports, News, Celebrity Gossip, and more
- Free with an in-app purchase to remove ads
USA Today has upgraded their previous award winning app to include new features that will allow its readers a more complete and immersive experience. From articles to photography, users will get the high caliber content that they’ve come to know and love from USA Today. Users can browse headlines, read breaking news on a national and local level, watch videos, view images, share stories via Social Media, get push notifications, live weather and forecasts, latest sports scores and much more. The navigation is simple and you can enable location services to receive special offers.
- Read the national and local news
- Get the latest scores and updates for sports
- Live weather and 10-day forecast
- View photos and videos
- Share via Social Media, Get push notifications