1. Flipboard: Your Social News MagazineFlipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you. Now with Flipboard 2.0, you can save and collect the things you love into your own magazines like “Trips I want to take” or “Dream Homes.”
2. FeedlyRSS reader Feedly delivers the content you want from your favourite websites straight to your iPhone. It’s also set to benefit considerably from the demise of Google Reader, which will be shut down at the start of July, with Feedly moving to cater for “Reader refugees” and promising a seamless migration from Google Reader to its service.
3. Free RSS Reader
4. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping ListEpicurious.com, launched in 1995, is the online home of Gourmet magazine and Bon Appetit magazine, listing over 20,000 recipes as well as reviews, guides and other editorial. The iPhone app is a clever (if obvious) and well-executed extension of the brand, basically creating an intelligent recipe and shopping list for its users, with user-submitted reviews included. The app carries no editorial content, and is simple and effective at what it aims to achieve. Advertising is carried in an interstitial format, with certain areas also sponsored by brands (Visa and Barcadi Mixers currently). Its useful and easy-to-use, and provides another entry point into Conde Nast’s cooking and lifestyle properties: 8/10.
5. BBC News
Among all the news apps for the iPhone, the BBC’s has one of the best interfaces – it’s clean, with relevant headlines, good photos, and no advertisements. (Whether you agree with its angles and choice of coverage is another matter). There’s no disputing the fact that the Beeb has correspondents in every corner of the globe, covering some varied and widespread topics. Another perk of this app is that you can elect to view some news in other languages, such as Urdu, Arabic, and two kinds of Chinese
6. MOTOR TREND Buyer’s Guide
This is a photo gallery containing a few hundred images of supercars. Users can view the photos, set them as the wallpaper, or share them. It’s basic, but seems reasonably popular.
NewsBlur is a social news reader that puts all your favorite stuff in one app. Add your favorite web sites, blogs, and social networks and see them transformed into gorgeous visual streams. Merge several news feeds into one stream, and rename and color-code that stream. Create customized keyword searches to keep you up to date on a specific topic.
8. ELLE Canada
I can only assume that other territories have their apps in the works, but this Canadian version is a pretty good start. It is more cluttered than Style.com’s app, with links to the gossip blog, photo gallery, horoscopes, look of the day and shop, all listed on the front page. Advertising is in the form of a small banner at the top and bottom of the screens. 6/10
9. OK! Magazine
This is a simply a feed from OK Magazine converted using Mippin into a format for the iPhone. Although this was the only example I could find, Mippin are undoubtedly in talks with lots of other magazine publishers about doing the same thing. I love what they do (ie making web content accessible and readable on mobile devices), but for an iPhone app it leaves something to be desired. Magazines pride themselves on the gloss and tangible quality of their work, and merely pushing an RSS feed of content into a suitable format removes those attributes, and all the potential interactivity of the medium, entirely. 5/10
10. Sports Illustrated Magazine
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS magazine is a great way to encourage kids to read and has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents’ Choice Awards.