Apple gives Mac, iPhone, and iPad users a few tools to help with the growing flow of articles, news, and stories we want to read. There’s Safari Bookmarks and the Reading List. Both make it easy to store something we read in Safari, but that’s a minimalist solution. Anything better?
RSS, Meet Pocket
Here in the 21st century we are inundated with information, and most of it is not worthy of our time. Thankfully, we have a few tools to help segregate fake news from real news, valuable articles from fluff. For the Mac, iPhone, or iPad user who wants efficiency, an RSS news reader such as News Explorer is the answer. If you want convenience, Pocket and Instapaper are good solutions.
Pocket and Instapaper are similar. Pocket is an app that captures website articles and information to be read later. The app works on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other devices. Whenever you come across an article you want to read, simply click the Sharing button and it adds the frontmost article to Pocket. Instapaper works the same with an app for iPhone and iPad, but a Safari extension for the Mac. The capture process is the same.
What you get is a giant list of all the website articles you captured, all store in one place, all accessible via Mac, iPhone, iPad or other device.
I use both Instapaper and Pocket to read articles later. Instapaper is used for work articles while Pocket is used for personal items.
Not bad for free, right?
The only problem with those two apps is that you have to find something to read and to save later. The news doesn’t come to you.
That’s where RSS and news reader applications like News Explorer come in. A news reader allows you to subscribe to so-called RSS subscriptions or news feeds from websites. Nearly every website has an RSS feed. News Explorer stores, lists, and organizes those website subscriptions, then gathers the most recent articles from each one.
The advantage of using an RSS reader is that the news and information from websites comes directly to you on any device; Mac, iPhone, iPad, even Apple TV. Subscriptions sync up between devices, and if you’re still into using Pocket or Instapaper to read articles later, News Explorer uses the macOS and iOS Sharing button to save articles to either app.
iPhone and iPad users who get their news from other applications, including the popular Flipboard can save articles for later, too, thanks to the Sharing button.
Life in the 21st century is filled with misinformation to manage and these tools do the best job of curating what is worthwhile.