New Scientist 12+

Weekly Science News Magazine

New Scientist Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • #96 in Magazines & Newspapers
    • 4.7 • 2K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



In a world where true facts are in short supply, there has never been a greater need for a trusted, impartial source of information about what’s going on in the world – or a greater need for inspiration through great ideas.

From artificial intelligence to climate change, from the latest innovations in health to the mysteries of quantum physics and the human mind, New Scientist covers the ideas and innovations that matter.

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What’s New

Version 4.0.4

Discover award-winning journalism and keep up to date with science news and breakthroughs that will change your world in the New Scientist app.

For those familiar with our previous app, you’ll notice a lot has changed, including; a live stream of news content, integrated videos, an enhanced audio function, and much more. The latest issue will be available to download as before. For those who haven’t yet used our app, we hope you enjoy discovering a new way to consume science.

This version includes minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

PlannerUser ,


I have been reading this magazine since 2005, where I came across this from my boss. I have been reading them since then through my library when I retired from work when they offered it through RBDIGITAL which has now stopped their magazines but Libby and Overdrive have taken over. With all the current state of the world at this time, I trust them as a good source of their topics covered in the magazine and their other outlets. From what I have been reading and do follow up on the items I like They are NOT FAKE NEWS as other in the media.

Developer Response ,

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rktca ,

One step forward, one step back, many steps to go

Sadly, this version again reverts to the “dump user into Home Screen” when you start the app, rather than straight back into the most-recent article being read. This is the single most important feature to add back (for like the third time?). I have no idea why this keeps disappearing and reappearing. :(

There are some potentially nice audio features now. The navigation between audio and text is a mess and difficult to match up, but it’s a start at least. New Scientist could learn a lot from apps like The Economist in this regard.

Typography is still weak. Font size can either be too tiny, too large, or billboard sized. It needs additional scales and a decent way to preview.

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GypsyRambler ,

One of the worst

Amazing that such an incredible magazine about science and technology is delivered through one of the worst apps out there. Terrible UI, with lame features and, worst of all, a tendency to lock up on issues and then never release them. You can't even delete them when they get like this, short of uninstalling the entire app. Which would be fine, except you then would lose the scrapbook of saved articles. And seems like the problem gets worse with time. I have half a dozen issues from the last 6 months I can neither read nor delete.

Which is the second worst thing. Great you can save individual articles. But no way to sync these across devices or somehow save them in the cloud for later syncing if you buy a new device.

Too bad really. Because the content is, as New Scientist has always been, fantastic.

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