The ABC NEWS app makes it easier for you to stay up to date with the latest news and information from Australia's most trusted news source.
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In this update:
- Improved Top Stories and other pages performance
- You can now search for ABC News articles in the app, just head to the Browse tab
- We added support for more ABC News story formats
- Cricket and football scorecards are now supported in articles
- If an article is better experienced in a browser, we now let you know before you start reading
- You can now open any article in Safari using the sharing icon
- The app will now attempt to open supported links so you can continue reading in the app
- Faster load times for articles
Looking for Dark Mode? Stay tuned, it’s coming soon to iOS 13 users.
Ratings and Reviews
Happy with the app...........but
I have finally decided I like the app. Having had the app for years it took a while to decide it was as good as the older app. The ‘but’ is because I’ve been very disappointed to note that a story I read in the morning, was pulled by the afternoon. Not just once, but ‘the’ article that disappeared was one that criticised the actions/comment of a minister of the current Federal Government. This action by ?? at the ABC adds weight to the various negative comments about the (so called) ‘unbiased ABC’ news. Having never considered the ABC was biased one way or another, I’m becoming more cynical. It’s an absolute shame that I feel I may no longer trust the ABC to report the news on any Federal Government minister of any party, good or bad, without someone deciding that the particular article should be pulled. People like me have long memories of a very very balanced ABC! 😞😞😞
ABC let down by this app
The abc has done excellent work in transitioning towards digital tech etc. One of the things that has puzzled me, however, has been the relative backwardness of some of their iOS apps. In this one, the absence of a native ‘read later’ function is a mistake. The error is amplified by the baffling tendency to imbed related story links within the article text. Why would someone leave a story partway through? Don’t you want people to read the full article? It seems unlikely that they would equally bother dealing with the clunky process of scrolling back up to the link.
Visually is pretty ordinary too, as these links (like other in-text ones) are in a glaring bold blue. This distracts me and presumably other readers too.
Copy editing of articles is also off-putting. Why take a piece of text from the article, put it in bold (or italics) and use it as some sort of shiny thing to ‘get our attention’? It only needs to be there once- repetition = obsolescence. You’re busy enough I’m sure!
Disappointing new version of a great app.
I love the ABC news and the old app was great because it listed all the top stories on the widget page of the iPhone 5. Now this feature is gone. I've written to ABC app support but received no reply.
When I open the app to read the news, the number and quality of stories seem to diminish each day, especially in analysis and opinion where old articles can exist for a week. I keep hoping to see a new update that will fix these issues, but so far no luck.
Six months later and this app is now working as I remember the old app. It is much improved in quality and content. It has finally achieved the functionality of its predecessor. Why the ABC felt compelled to produce a new inferior version is beyond me.
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- 58.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use or References
- © Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.