NYT Now is the best news app on the iPhone right now

By

Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac
Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

The New York Times recently updated its NYT Now app for the iPhone to version 2.0. It was already an excellent app for staying on top of the day’s news, and now it’s the best.

The update packs a lot of improvements, but the most notable change is that it now costs nothing to use the app.

Photo May 12, 4 53 22 PM

The Times previously charged $7.99 per month, an experiment that failed to attract a notable influx of new subscribers.

Now NYT Now is completely free and ad supported. Luckily the ads aren’t very intrusive.

Photo May 12, 4 53 57 PM

You can receive a Morning Briefing to start your day with the latest news.

Photo May 12, 4 54 22 PM

Quickly digestible bits of information are organized into bullet points. You can even see the weather forecast.

The best stories from the Times are funneled into the app’s main feed throughout the day along with editor comments.

Photo May 12, 4 54 39 PM

Sometimes stories from other publications, like The New Yorker, are included as well. Everything is curated by editors at the Times. You can get alerted by breaking news with a push notification.

Each story has an estimated read time, and if you can’t finish it in one sitting, you can bookmark it to read later in a handy Saved folder.

Photo May 12, 4 54 51 PM

Occasionally the Times will include an original video to go along with a story.

Photo May 12, 4 53 45 PM

NYT Now integrates with iOS 8’s share menu, so you can send stories via apps like Messages and Slack or to another read later service like Pocket.

Photo May 12, 4 53 48 PM

There are a lot of news apps for the iPhone out there, but the clean interface of NYT Now coupled with its strong editorial oversight makes it definitely worth considering for a spot on your home screen.

Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac
Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

NYT Now is a free download in the App Store.