Whether it's breaking news or in-depth features, reading on the go is the way to go. While news is widely available across the social networks, those articles have to come from somewhere. Here are our ten favourite news applications for your iPhone to help you get the articles that matter to you, as well as some bonus features.
1. Flipboard - Free
Flipboard for iPhone
The juggernaut of them all. While Flipboard previously was only available for the iPad, not only has the app been brought over to the iPhone, but it has also gotten a complete overhaul from its initial design and function. When Flipboard was first out, you could save nine publications to the app's homescreen and now, Flipboard is basically a social magazine. The app collects data from your Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr and other social networks, so you can view content from them within the app itself. You will also be able to read articles from niche blogs to publications. Perhaps the biggest draw to Flipboard is the feature called "Cover Stories" where news stories that are most relevant to you reside.
2. Zite - Free
Zite for iPhone
Flipboard competitor Zite, is also a beautiful way of reading news. Zite describes itself as the Pandora of reading. The application takes your preferences into account and provides you articles that it thinks you would be interested in. The more you use the app and the more feedback you give it, the more the app will learn your tastes. News is available through a variety of topics like Technology, World News and Business, but you can even create your own categories, like Ocean News, Scuba News and Chocolates. One drawback to Zite is local news is a little lacking. Smaller news sources from various countries are clearly missing or there is too little. For your morning news fix, however, Zite is the way to go.
3. CNN Mobile - Free
CNN Mobile for iPhone (International edition)
If you're someone who likes your news spoken to you, then CNN Mobile has built its app around providing video content to its users. There are two versions of the app, a U.S version and an international version. Both apps offer live video coverage of events and video clips as well as breaking news alerts on your device's homescreen. You can also record and submit video and photo iReports directly from your phone. A handy feature to have when the government's taken social networking sites down, but you still have a story to tell.
4. Breaking News - Free
Breaking News for iPhone
The Breaking News app for the iPhone provides you with the latest breaking reports from news sources around the world. The app allows instant push alerts for the biggest stories and you can also set a "quiet time" to avoid receiving alerts for when you're asleep or are in a meeting. This app is sold by MSNBC Interactive News and is designed for the user who needs to know what's going on in the world at all times.
5. Pulse - Free
Pulse for iPhone
Pulse is a beautifully designed news gathering app, which provides articles from a good variety of sources. Almost like Flipboard, on the homescreen of the app, you can select, which publications you would like to see articles from and then in the various categories, like Tech, Design and Fashion, you will have access to articles from the large variety of sources that Pulse offers. The font and layout of the articles is beautiful and you can even do a local search to see what's relevant to you in the area you live.