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13 Great iPhone News Apps

Your guide to the best iPhone news apps


Last Updated: April 17, 2014

Whether you're a news junkie or just interested in staying informed about current events, there are tons of great iPhone news app to help you. Choose from apps from established newspapers, TV stations, and radio networks, or experiment with new companies that digest news for you, create customized audio broadcasts, and more. Stay up to date with articles, video, audio, and breaking news alerts. These app are some of our favorites.


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If you spend a lot of time in the car, you don't have time to read a lot of news. That's where AGOGO comes in. This free app makes it easy for you to find and listen to audio news from various sources. Select from your favorite news (and music) sources or use the app to find new ones. A pretty cool idea for getting informed on the go.   

2. Al Jazeera America News

Al Jazeera news app
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For a view of world affairs from outside the U.S., Al Jazeera is one of the most interesting options. This free app provides Al Jazeera's news articles in photo-heavy, well-designed layouts. It also offers breaking news alerts, an audio mode in which real people (not computers) read articles aloud, and tools to help you find Al Jazeera's broadcasts on TV. 

3. AP Mobile

AP Mobile news app
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Not only does the AP Mobile iPhone app (The Associated Press, Free) include a ton of news content, but it also lets you grab content from with your local news and weather along with national and international stories. Other nifty features include push notifications for breaking news alerts, gorgeous photo galleries, and the ability to customize the kind of news you want to see on your homepage. 

4. BBC News

BBC News app
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Get a global view of the news, as well as focused coverage of Britain and its former colonies, from the free BBC News app. You'll get written stories, as well as access to the BBC's live radio stream, and audio and video clips. Browse articles by category or geographical region and download them for offline reading.

5. Circa

Circa news app
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Circa isn't an app that belongs to a newspaper or TV network. Instead, it allows you to set the kinds of news you're interested in and then supplies those kinds of stories so you can easily stay on top of what matters most to you. Even more useful, Circa's editors distill articles to their most important points to make it easy for you to catch up quickly. This free app is a new way to read the news, designed for our fast-paced world. 

6. CNN

CNN news app
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If you prefer video news, the free CNN app is probably your best bet. It has an excellent selection of videos, including clips from CNN shows, and you can also surf user-generated content in the iReport section. CNN provides breaking news alerts and local news and weather.

7. Fox News

Fox News app
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For a conservative take on the news, the free Fox News app is a great choice. Not only does the app include articles from the Fox News website, it's also packed with video from both Fox News and Fox Business. Watch either channel live in the app, along with exclusive content that can only be seen inside the app. As with many of these apps, you'll also get breaking news alerts and be able to share articles via social media.   

8. LA Times

Los Angeles Times news app
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This free app from one of the West Coast's leading newspapers delivers the flavor of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Times' coverage right to your iPhone. You'll find common news-app features here, like breaking news alerts, sharing using social media, photo galleries.


9. MSNBC News

MSNBC news app
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The MSNBC news app does one of the best jobs of sending out breaking news alerts using push notifications. The alerts are timely and relevant, but you can turn them off if they bother you. This free app is a good choice if you regularly watch MSNBC shows like Rachel Maddow or Hardball, since it includes lots of video segments from those shows. You'll find exclusive video clips and news articles, as well. 

10. New York Times

New York Times app
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Get the full experience of America's paper of record on your iPhone with this free app. As with the Times' website, you can read up to 10 free articles per month. If you want more than that, you'll need to subscribe (options include $14.99/month for the app and website access or $34.99 for access on all platforms and devices). Along with articles, the app offers the Times' multimedia content and breaking news alerts.

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