Monday, March 25, 2013

The Best Podcasts and News/RSS apps for iPhone and iPad

What exactly do you use your iPhone or iPad for the most? Do you watch or listen to podcasts? How about reading news like tech sites, yahoo news, or CNN? If you do then you probably are always on the look out for the best podcasts and news apps out there. There are numerous apps out there for both Podcasts and news, but we will discuss the best apps out there for podcasts and news.

Updated Podcasts app (left), Original Podcasts app (right)
The first app we are going to talk about is Apple's Podcasts app. Wait, what Apple Guesser? You can't be serious. Doesn't Apple's Podcasts app suck? Well, yes, Apple's Podcast app did suck. However, Apple has released Podcasts 1.2.1 and finally has put Podcasts back on the right track. 

First thing Apple did is trash the horrific Skeumorphism for a more clean, simplistic look. No longer is a Reel to Reel tape the center of attention. Instead, a large album art work (if you are listening to an audio podcast) is in that spot. Apple also the ability to iCloud sync podcasts and create custom stations...finally. While it did take a bit of time for Podcasts to get back on track, Apple did just that with this update. If you haven't checked Podcasts out before or in a really long time, you might just be surprised by what you find. 

The second app on deck that we love here at Guessing the Apple is Pulse News. Recently, Google killed off their RSS reader Google Reader. That left a lot of people out in the cold with no RSS news reader to turn to. But fear not, Pulse News is here to rescue you! 

Pulse News for iPad on iOS.
One of the best things about Pulse is the way articles are displayed. Each website or RSS feed has a dedicated row with individual blocks designated for a picture, title, and author. The UI is clean, fast, and makes sense. Another big plus is that within the app, you can search for your favorite blog, add a popular website like engadget or yahoo, or add a major news source like Fox News or CNN. Even better, if you have Pulse on your iPhone and iPad, if you sign up for an account, Pulse syncs all your news stories and sources. Pulse is my one stop shop for all my internet news because the app is great and easy to use. 

So there are two must have apps for your iPhone and iPad. Do you have a favorite app that you love? Let us know! If we like your app that you recommend, we will do a review of the app to let other great readers like you the best apps out there for the iPhone and iPad