10 Awesome News Apps

As we all know, the iPad is useful for a wide range of things. Since I’ve had mine, it has replaced my MacBook for a number of purposes! The huge variety of applications available for it and the fact it is so portable has made it popular with many different people, from teachers to businessmen and even musicians (the British virtual group Gorillaz created their album The Fall almost exclusively on the iPad).

News applications are a popular choice for iPad owners as they offer a simple way of keeping up to date with the world without having to trawl through loads of different news websites. But with the sheer range of news applications floating around on the App Store, how do you know which ones to download? Well, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best ones, which will help you keep track of all the going-ons in the world.

Let’s have a look at them in more detail.

Osfoora HD

Twitter is my preferred way of keeping up with news, as it allows you to tailor the news you want to receive and it’s constantly updated with new material. Unfortunately, the default Twitter client just doesn’t quite cut it on the iPad (it’s a little feature-lacking and basic). Osfoora HD, however, is my favourite Twitter client for the iPad (and I’ve tested quite a few!) – it’s bursting with features!

Osfoora HD

Osfoora HD

The simple user interface makes it easy to scroll through your tweets and the application handily integrates with Read It Later, Instapaper and Wacchen (like Instapaper but for videos), which means you can save any interesting stories for offline reading. Osfoora HD isn’t the cheapest Twitter client offering in the App Store, but for such a feature-packed application, you certainly don’t mind parting with a few extra pennies.

Price: $3.99

BBC News

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is a trusted news source all around the world, and their iPad app is no different. Each news story is categorised and arranged in a tile view, and to flick through the stories you simply swipe left or right.

BBC News

BBC News

The app handily alerts you of any breaking news with a pop-up banner at the top and any in-built videos into articles can be viewed directly from the app. If you live in the UK, you can also view the BBC News live stream straight from the app as well.

Price: Free

FOX News

For all our Stateside readers, the FOX News app is the best and most comprehensive news offering you are going to get for your iPad. You can easily view news articles according to their category (U.S. news, politics, entertainment and so on), and the news ticker running along the bottom ensures you stay completely up to date!

FOX News

FOX News

The app allows you watch FOX News snippets (even if you are outside the U.S.) and listen to FOX News radio. You can also check the weather and watch weather forecasts for all U.S. regions directly from the app.

Price: Free

Flipboard

Flipboard is one of the most popular news readers for the iPad due to its fantastic, intuitive interface and its sheer ease of use. It pools various news websites (which you can customise) and displays them in an easy-to-read format.

Flipboard

Flipboard

You can also integrate Twitter with Flipboard, which allows you to display your tweets in the same format as news articles and makes reading them a lot easier. For a free application, Flipboard is a masterpiece and should find its home on everyone’s iPad.

Price: Free

Hitpad

Hitpad is an interesting take on a news application, and pools information such as news pieces, videos, and photos based on current trending topics. You can customise the trending topics according to themes (such as sports, technology, and world news) and with each topic the sources are divided up into news, videos, photos, tweets, and web links.

Hitpad

Hitpad

The app integrates with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to share articles easily, and also with offline-reading services such as Instapaper and Read It Later. You can also search for trending themes if you don’t fancy reading the ones currently available!

Price: Free

Mashable

Being a technology buff, Mashable is one of my most visited websites on the Net. Its sheer range of different articles and features could keep me entertained for hours, and it’s one of the world’s largest websites, despite being started up from founder Pete Cashmore’s house in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Mashable

Mashable

The iPad app does nothing more than simply provide a more user-friendly interface for iPad users. It does, however, make reading Mashable’s articles a lot easier and also allows you to effortlessly search for articles or post your favourite articles to Twitter or Facebook.

Price: Free

Pulse News

Pulse is one of the most popular RSS news readers for iPhone and Android, and now there’s an iPad version which takes full advantage of the larger screen. With Pulse, each individual news story is displayed in a tile (much like the BBC News app), and to browse through you simply swipe left or right. You can view the complete story either within the app or via an external browser (such as Safari).

Pulse

Pulse

You can categorise your feeds according to themes, as Pulse features a useful tabbed view, and sharing articles from within the app is a breeze via Twitter or Facebook. To get you going, Pulse features a library of recommended sources sorted by category or you can subscribe to your own.

Price: Free

Sky News

Despite an outcry when the app turned paid, the Sky News app for iPad is still one of the best news applications available. You can sort your stories either via a timeline view or a grid view, and when an article is selected, related articles pop up around it.

Sky News

Sky News

The app alerts you of breaking news via a banner running along the bottom of the screen and if you are based in the UK, you can watch a live stream of Sky News directly from the app. The only major disadvantage is the price – some people may consider $8 a month a little too pricey for a news application.

Price: Free for Sky TV customers, otherwise it’s $8 for a monthly subscription.

Zite

Zite calls itself a personalised iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it, and it doesn’t disappoint. The app integrates with your Twitter feed as well as popular news sources on the web and allows you to tailor what news you receive (and there are quite a few categories to choose from).

Zite

Zite

Once you’ve finished reading an article, Zite will ask you whether you enjoyed reading it or not. This allows it to tailor your selection of articles even further and find out about your personal tastes. Zite integrates with several third-party services to help extend its functionality, including Read It Later and Evernote, allowing you to download any articles for offline reading.

Price: Free

Living Earth HD

Being a Brit, I have to keep up to date with the weather. I was a bit dismayed to find out when I bought my iPad that Apple’s default weather app wasn’t included (like on the iPhone and iPod touch) and when I searched for “weather” on the App Store, there were some 1100 different applications! After trying out a few, I found Living Earth HD to be the best (and most beautiful) offering.

Living Earth HD

Living Earth HD

The app not only displays the weather for your current location, but also the current cloud cover around the world (which is not exactly a useful feature but it’s a nice one to have). It also doubles up as an alarm clock, and looks gorgeous on the iPad’s big display. The developers are currently having a 50% off sale, so grab it whilst you can!

Price: $0.99

Final Thoughts

I hope this roundup will help you sift through the massive range of news applications out there for the iPad! If you’ve got a favourite news app that you want to share, let me know in the comments – I’m always on the lookout for a new app!