The OFFICIAL IOL app at your fingertips.

Access is FREE on all iOS devices, with access to a wide variety of local and international breaking news, 24/7.

The IOL app represents the very best in traditional and digital journalism, with breaking news from South Africa and the rest of world and in-depth quality reporting from over 20 of the most trusted newspaper brands across South Africa.


Over and above our quality news coverage, we invite you to contribute your news coverage that happens in your neighbourhood and to share your stories, that will allow us to publish to the +/- 3 million readers we have - every month. Find this feature under our “user generated content” section.

You can set your preferences to show you only what you’re interested in. For example, if you only like to read about Sports and Business, then you have the option to tailor your feed accordingly.

If you like Entertainment, Lifestyle and Politics, then you too can filter out the rest by setting your feed.

In keeping with digital developments, we added the option for you to experience augmented reality at your fingertips. Look for this option within the app and explore another aspect of digital coverage.

Our content is available to you for free, because we value you as a user. However, if you subscribe you will have full access to PDFs and classifieds. You can manage your subscription by accessing your "Account & Subscriptions” within the IOL app.

The IOL News app also offers the latest Sports news and results, Entertainment, Lifestyle and Travel coverage as well as everything you need to know from the world of Motoring.

You will also have access to news and opinion from Business Report, SA's most widely read financial newspaper, as well as Personal Finance, which tackles issues affecting the pockets of everyone.

All of this is available to our app users any time of the day, any day of the week.

With access to all of Independent Media's top newspaper brands, the app allows you to stay informed with content that ranges from breaking news to in-depth quality reporting and from light-hearted stories to thought-provoking opinion and analysis.

The new revamped IOL News App is a result of feedback from numerous user groups, user experience specialists and analytics gathered so that news is offered according to your interests.

We are continuously working to improve your reading experience so let us know by providing feedback or reporting any issues either via or

We would love to hear from you. Please consider leaving a review or rating.

Please note:
• Subscription payment of R99.99 will be charged to your iTunes Account on confirmation of purchase
• Your subscription automatically renews every month unless auto-renew is turned off 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 your subscription and switch off the auto-renewal by accessing your Account Settings after purchase
• You cannot cancel the current subscription during the active subscription period.
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited if you purchase a subscription to that publication.
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What’s New

Version 2.7.27

Optimized for iOS 13.

Ratings and Reviews

1.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

SanTheMonk ,

Mickey Mouse

This is a half hearted attempt to display news on the iPad. If you use this app, it will be like watching a movie trailer. You see some parts of it, but not all. If you want to read iol news, use their website where there their excessive use of scripting will also drive you insane. I would suggest not installing this app until iol takes its readers seriously.

May 2019
Seriously? You actually have to pay a subscription for the news on a crummy app? I would suggest the use of Google news instead. They should actually stop all further development and pull this app from the store. There are far superior sources of news available.

Developer Response ,

Hi San, access to the My News section of the app is free. You only have to subscribe if you want to access the Newspaper section. Kind regards, The Dev Team

Daveypa ,

Quirky,Glitchy App

IOL, Why bother to make an app for IOS if you can’t get it right.
This is THE worst news app. It loads very slowly, every time, and is very unstable. It is much better to open IOL in a browser if you actually want to read the news. FYI, I am using an iPhone X and an iPad Air2.
Come on guys, I am sure that you can do better than this with a little effort.
Not sure that the developers are even interested in what we write in the reviews there has been no improvement at all!!!!

Update 07 Feb 2018
just downloaded the update. no improvement in fact maybe more glitchy on iPhone X, than before.

Update 13 August 2018

Now you expect people for this useless app? Why would anyone want to pay for this offering. I have now deleted this app.

Update 16 December.
Are you people really serious, such a glitchy and horrible app and you think I am going to pay for this. Well I have now removed the app from all my Apple devices, I would Never pay for this crummy app, advertising and all.

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks for the feedback. We are busy working on a new build to address your concerns. Please check back for an update

lacom_za ,

Slow, bugged

Slow to load... always, any connection, any location, and will often crash just trying to load.

Articles often dont display correctly, image and header of article with first line of body show, with “next” article seemingly covering the rest of the text. Sometimes swiping left and right to reload article will solve, sometimes not...

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are busy working on a faster version of the app and hope to release it soon to improve your experience. Kind regards, The Dev team


Independent Newspapers (Pty) Ltd
126.2 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French

Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
© Independent Newspapers (Pty) Ltd
In-App Purchases
  1. IOL Subscription R99.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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