Rediscover the joy of reading your favorite writers with Unread, an RSS reader with beautiful typography, comfortable gesture-based navigation, and a wide variety of color themes.
AUTOMATIC WEBPAGE TEXT: For feeds that contain only article summaries, Unread can display the full article text from the webpage. You can switch between feed text and webpage text for any article. You can make webpage text the default for individual feeds. Unread will even analyze your feeds and default to webpage text for those that contain only article summaries.
SYNCING: Unread syncs with your Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, Inoreader, or NewsBlur account.
COLOR THEMES: Unread provides twelve different color themes. Choose one theme for light mode and another for dark mode.
CACHING: Unread caches webpage text and images for instant loading and offline access. (Subscription required.)
HARDWARE KEYBOARD SUPPORT: Unread's keyboard navigation capabilities and keyboard shortcuts make it a joy to use on an iPad with a hardware keyboard.
READ-LATER SERVICES: Unread provides native support for saving articles to Instapaper, Pocket, and Safari Reading List.
MULTIPLE WINDOWS: Look at two articles side-by-side, or browse an article list while keeping an article open.
SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT: Unsubscribe from feeds, subscribe to new feeds, and reorganize feed subscriptions.
FOOTNOTE POPOVERS: Unread provides convenient popovers for reading footnotes.
ACCESSIBILITY: Unread has 100% VoiceOver coverage. Every screen and every feature is available to users with vision impairments. Actions on articles can be quickly triggered using actions on the accessibility rotor.
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“Unread carries a strong history as one of the top RSS clients on iOS, and version 2 ensures that will remain true for a long while yet.”
– Ryan Christoffel, MacStories
“Unread is focused on eliminating chrome — it is a pure reading app. It’s like reader mode all the time, and the assortment of color themes is nicely curated.”
– John Gruber, Daring Fireball
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Unread is free to download and try with reading and feature limitations. To unlock the full power of Unread there is a $19.99 (USD)/year auto-renewing subscription. That subscription adds the following:
• Removal of all reading limits
• Caching of webpage text and images
• A selection of alternative icons
A subscription automatically renews unless it is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. You can manage and cancel your subscriptions by going to your account settings on the App Store after purchase.
This update adds these alternative keyboard shortcuts:
• Press right arrow to open the selected article in an article list, as an alternative to return. This also applies to other screens with lists of items.
• Press left arrow to leave the selected view, as an alternative to command-w or escape. This does not work on modal screens such as the screen to edit a feed subscription.
• Press shift-up arrow while reading an article to go to the previous article in an article list, as an alternative to k.
• Press shift-down arrow while reading an article to go to the next article in an article list, as an alternative to j.
• Press shift-right arrow to open the tug left menu on any screen, as an alternative to command-shift-o.
• Unread 2.0 replaced switches with checkmarks so that tapping anywhere in the row would toggle the setting on or off. This update reinstates the switches on rows that represent on/off settings. Tapping anywhere in the row or pressing return on a hardware keyboard while a row with a switch is selected will still toggle that switch.
This update also adds these improvements:
• View on Web is now available as an article action. If you wish to have a View on Web menu item available on articles, you can enable it by opening Settings, going to Article Actions, and enabling View on Web.
• The Mark Read on Scroll setting now also applies to scrolling operations performed by pressing down arrow, option-down arrow, or space on a physical keyboard.
• Unread now always uses in-app Safari for logging in to Pocket accounts. I removed the ability to log in using the Pocket app if it was installed on the device. That mechanism proved unreliable.
• Unread now uses ASWebAuthenticationSession to create in-app Safari views for logging into Feedly, Inoreader, and NewsBlur.
• This update fixes a bug that prevented FeedBurner-generated links and images from being removed from articles under some circumstances. This fix does not apply to articles downloaded to the device before installing this update.
• Share menu items now have more specific names: Share Article, Share Link, or Share Image.
• This update adds a Keyboard Navigation article available in the Technical Notes section of the About screen.
• This update adds whitespace above nested lists in articles.
• This update fixes a bug that could cause marking an article read, unread, starred, or unstarred to become reversed under some circumstances with Fever API accounts.
• This update fixes a bug that could cause bad article list summaries for email newsletters under some circumstances. This fix does not apply to articles downloaded to the device before this update is installed.
• This update fixes bugs around tapping and long pressing images contained inside links.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
5 stars for the iPhone app, 3.5 for the iPad
Unread has always been my preferred way to read RSS feeds on the iPhone. I find the gestures intuitive and love the conceit and execution of Jared Sinclair’s original vision.
On the iPhone, this is a very nice update and I’m happy to pay the subscription for an app I use several times a day. The gestures remain intuitive and I’m enjoying some of the more modern features, such as automatic text extraction and contextual menus.
When I saw that a new version of the app was in the works, I had high hopes that the iPad’s version of the app would see a redesign. For me, Unread has never quite managed to stick on the iPad. On that platform, it feels like there’s not enough judicious use of the space and the app feels like merely a bigger version of the iPhone app, which seems like a wasted opportunity. Unfortunately, Unread 2 does not significantly iterate on the previous iPad layout, which is a disappointment. I hope that will change with future updates.
Less is more
Unlike most other RSS apps, the interface and functionality of Unread 2 are both pared back to nearly the bare minimum. But the thoughtful, minimal design of Unread 2 is exactly what makes it excel at the one job of an RSS app: making it easy for me to read articles from sites that I care about. Instead of making me wade through a bog of unnecessary features to get to the content I care about, Unread 2 puts it front and center where it belongs.
Content aside, the design of Unread 2 is both charming and effective. The aesthetic is pretty, the animations feel right, and the swipe actions are a neat take on secondary actions that I wish other apps would copy.
Overall, a very well done app.
Subscription models aren’t always clearly beneficial to users
When an app goes to a subscriptions model users need a roadmap of some sort to see what that subscription provides to them. Bug fixes are always expected with a set price for a version.
Active work to provide new features and continued progress to improve an app or service through the app lead me to be more supportive of a subscription model. With some apps it easy to see that such will occur. With other apps, that’s not the case. It’s up to the developer to provide users with an incentive to go with a subscription model.
- John Brayton
- 17.7 MB
Requires iOS 13.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Unrestricted Web Access
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- In-App Purchases
- Annual Subscription $19.99
- Free first year $19.99
- Discounted first year $19.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.