Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you keep up with breaking news headlines? RSS and news apps offer the best way to keep up with all the headlines we care about. From finance and politics to the latest and greatest in tech and fashion trends, there are tons of news and RSS apps in the App Store that put all the headlines right at your fingertips. No matter what kind of news you want to keep up with, there’s something for everyone. The are currently the best news and RSS apps available for iPhone!

Reeder 2

Reeder 2 can integrate with lots of different RSS services, or you can add feeds manually if you’re willing to forego syncing. The thing that’s so great about Reeder is the simplistic interface paired with a completely customizable experience. Beginners can use it right out of the gate while RSS pros can hop into settings and adjust settings such as image caching, sharing services, and more just the way they like. Reeder 2 is a universal download for iPad as well. You can purchase a version for the Mac separately via the Mac App Store.

If you want a simplistic experience that you can control each element of, get Reeder 2.

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Unread, originally for the iPad, has made its way to the iPhone and the gorgeous interface translates extremely well. Not only does Unread provide a completely gesture driven experience, there are multiple themes available that should suit anyone’s reading preferences. Unread currently supports FeedWrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, and NewsBlur. All the extras you’d expect are there including background app refresh support, sharing capabilities to any service you could want, and more.

For one of the slickest and best looking news and RSS apps available, Unread is a must have.

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Reconnaissance is designed specifically for use with Feed Wrangler accounts and provides one of the best experiences using the service you could ask for. With support for Smart Streams, the ability to edit and manage feeds natively, and more, it’s one of the best options I’ve found for Feed Wrangler users. The gestures of Reconnaissance are also wonderful and allow you to flick stories away to mark them as read, drag them down to send to a read later service, and more.

If you use the Feed Wrangler service and want simple and elegant, you want Reconnaissance.


Faast isn’t only an RSS app for your iPhone, it has the ability to deliver real time notifications based on what you specify. You can import feeds from many popular RSS services as well as Dropbox. Faast doesn’t stop there, it also integrates your Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts as well for a complete notification solution. Have a Pebble? Faast can even deliver real time notifications to that too so you don’t even have to pull your iPhone out to be alerted to breaking news.

If you want a complete all-in-one notification solution for everything social and news related combined with Pebble integration, look no further than Faast.

Feed Wrangler

The official Feed Wrangler app for iPhone is a simplistic and easy way to sort, organize, and read your news feeds. In my experience, Feed Wrangler as a service is one of the fastest around when it comes to syncing. The Feed Wrangler app itself is very minimal but more than gets the job done with support for Smart Streams, full article view, and more. For the most part, Feed Wrangler gets out of the way and lets your articles take center stage.

If you’re a Feed Wrangler subscriber that wants simplicity and speed, the official Feed Wrangler app is your best bet.


The official Feedly app is a full featured news feed app that can be used with or without an actual Feedly account. Without one you can browse for news feeds and categories at your leisure. If you create a Feedly account using your Google login, Feedly can sync your feeds between iPhone and iPad or any other RSS and news app you choose to use. Feedly isn’t incredibly customizable but it does make for a great way to discover new content.

If you want a visually appealing news app that lets you easily discover new content and feeds, check out Feedly.

Your vote for best RSS and news app for iPhone?

These are our favorite picks when it comes to reading news on our iPhones. As always, we know you guys have your favorites as well so if you use something else, let us know what in the comments. If you use one of the above, what made you choose it over the others? Let us know!

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Note: Originally published, January 2014. Updated, September 2014.