Staying updated with everything on the internet and following your favorite writers, channels, and publications is a blogger’s most important jobs, yet, most bloggers fail at it.
You cannot ignore what is happening around you, and what better way to stay in the know than with an RSS Feed Reader?
While its use declined in the past few years following the rise of the use of social media and the closure of the Google Reader, the reader remains the ideal device that brings the web to you.
RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication, and its primary role is gathering headlines from the top/ your favorite sites then feeding the information to your app, automatically.
With the reader, you can click on headlines that interest you for more information.
The reader is also called an aggregator, and you can use the feed to pus anything from images to text, videos, GIFs, or any other multimedia content that’s available online.
While email is an option for receiving the feeds, an app is convenient as it bundles up all the headlines you need.
The apps we recommend in this article support several RSS Services, sharing services, are intuitive and beautifully designed, and they support the latest RSS Services features like tagging, automation, and offline reading.
And on top of it all, these apps have support features for iOS’s latest features such as drag and drop and other URL actions.
The apps include:
This is the standard of feed readers available for iPads. Developed by Silvio Rizzi, Reeder is among the original RSS apps for the iPhone.
It made its debut on iPads in 2010 and has defended its position strongly since.
What makes Reeder the go-to iPad feed reader is its incredible speed and its trademark and slightly textured off-white paper-themed design – gave RSS the fee of a rough-cut page from an old hardback book.
Reeder made RSS feeds cool.
While its design has remained mainly unchanged, it has a few extra features but a bit of a personality.
Among its standout features is the one that gives you the power to add and reorganize RSS subscription within the app and you can also choose neutral themes.
It receives updates from Apple, so you don’t have to worry about being left behind.
It’s easy to use with the swipe gestures letting you swipe from right to left to load web pages in the browser or left to right to return to the RSS version.
Such a fluid transition. While the gestures are not as sophisticated as they are in other apps, its list view enhances its intuitiveness.
This is one of the new kids on the RSS block. This means the app provides the latest features from top RSS providers, and that it’s well-designed, fast, and fiery.
Its custom functionality allows for sharing or articles between apps, and its premium subscription means getting more from the app.
It supports the widest range of RSS services, feed management and it has several external keyboard shortcuts for smart keyboard users.
Its Quick Actions and Today Widget enhance processing in and off the app.
It’s easy to use, but you first need to get used with the positioning of the navigational menus on the right rather than the ‘common’ left.
Yes, it feels a bit odd in the beginning. Navigating the app is generally a breeze, and the buttons are easy to use. It also supports multiple article-view modes including web, article, and the text view.
You might, however, have one issue with the app – its paid premium subscription service.
Note, however, that by paying the subscription fee, you will access a wider range of custom functionalities, URL actions, feed and design management.
Developed and released by Jared Sinclair in 2014, Unread for iPhone is an RSS feed app that creates a shift from the common apps configured to look like email.
It takes the work out of the feed access and reading process, leaving you with a deliberate reader with warm typography, and an intuitive interface.
Its sparse interface creates a serene environment for reading while the use of gestures enhances your experience with the app.
Unread is focused on reading with no buttons inviting you to star, mark, send, or move items. And, you can either save an article for later reading, or you could tap the headline to read.
Unread boasts a plethora of themes, and you can choose between day and night themes, among others.
Unread lacks in one area though – you cannot manage your feeds, subscribe or unsubscribe.
The other apps you might consider include Lire, Ziner, The Early Edition, and Newsify.