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Despite the fact that Google shutdown its Reader service last year, there still seems to be a lot of RSS users out there. And if you’re one of them (and even if you’re not), you may want to check out this new RSS reader for the iPhone called Unread.

Unread, by developer Jared Sinclair, is a new iPhone app for gathering and reading your RSS feeds. Like many post-iOS 7 releases, the app is a contemporary take on a traditional concept with a beautiful UI, gesture-based navigation, and more…

Some notable features from the App Store description:

Full-screen reading: focus on the act of reading with Unread’s full-screen article view. Articles are typeset in beautiful fonts from Hoefler & Co. Let nothing stand between you and the words of your favorite writers except a thin sheet of glass.

Background refresh: Unread keeps your subscriptions up to date with power-efficient background updating. Articles and images are saved to your device for convenient offline reading.

Sharing: Send articles to Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, or your Reading List. Share articles and images via App.net or Twitter with as-you-type syntax highlighting, swipe gesture shortcuts for the cursor, and automatic smart quotes. Send a snippet of highlighted text to Omnifocus or Things for a quick reminder. Even more options are on the way.

Quick Access: Double tap an article summary to instantly toggle read/unread status. Press and hold to show a menu of options. This is great for quick sharing or for jumping straight to the web to view the original article. 

And here are a few more screenshots of the app in action:

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You obviously can’t tell from the screenshots, but Unread was built to be used single-handedly. You can move anywhere in the app without having to move your hand: flicking right takes you back to a previous screen, and pulling down refreshes.

Other noteworthy features include support for multiple themes—there’s light, dark, and ‘hidden’ themes—linked lists, and footnote popovers. It also supports VoiceOver, and comes with a ‘persistent web browser’ that keeps track of your history.

As of right now, you must have a Feedly, FeedWrangler, or Feedbin account to use the app, but the developer says that more services will be supported in the future. If you’re interested, you can find Unread in the App Store for $2.99 (for a limited time).

Some folks say Unread will unseat Reeder as the king of RSS readers, what do you think?

  • Skoven

    I Think a RSS reader without push notifications is worthless – for me at least. Even with a sleek design and cool features, like this app seems to have.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      For me an RSS reader should be universal and have support for both iPhone and iPad. Without that it’s useless…

      • Skoven

        I hear you.
        And even better; an OS X (possible also windows) app that syncs with the IOS app, so already read articles will be marked or removed.

      • smtp25

        Universal should include Web based. At work I can mark articles via my PC web browser and read them later on the ipad/iphone. Feedly works well, has both an app and could web GUI

    • GuiyeC

      You could check out Nowsfeed, it is universal and has notifications

      • Skoven

        It does not seem to have true push, just like the app reviewed here. It will “run” in the background to be able to notify you of new articles.
        I would prefer true push, because it does not consume power, by actively running in the background.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You might want to look at a free service called Boxcar. It can push RSS feeds to you like you are describing. I use this for the CydiaUpdates RSS feed so I get push notifications whenever new or updated tweaks are added to a default repo in Cydia…

      • Skoven

        I tried the “old” boxcar version before, and it had some functionally that i REALLY disliked (can’t remember what it was), so i left it.
        The new version however is great 🙂 So thank you!

        I will look into CydiaUpdates RSS – i used to use Curiosa by Ryan Petrich, for Cydia update notifications, but it does not work on IOS7 yet.

    • Al

      Only app I know of that provides push notification for RSS is Faast app, but that requires a monthly subscription.

      • Skoven

        I know. Very expensive.
        I already have simple rss push, but the UI is horrible 🙁

    • Raúl Díez Martín

      Push for RSS? Then you will have tons of notifications per day. Most people who use RSS read the feeds 2/3 times a day.

      • Skoven

        I don’t use it very often, but when I do, I want to know right away.
        That’s why I don’t want a reeder that runs all the time, consuming power.
        And I definetly don’t what to check manually 🙂
        Well… We all have different needs.

      • DMCK

        I have a solution for your …Simple Rss Push+ …..it’s in the apple store …. I know exactly what you mean .. I also enjoying breaking news thru notification … One or two websites that’s all I need …

      • Skoven

        Damn… I already have simple rss push, without the +. I’ve been looking for a better version though (the UI stinks!) – thanks 🙂

      • DMCK

        You are right the UI SACKS that’s why I just use it for only notification .. But the app I open to read them is in reeder 2 … That’s how I manage

      • iamse7en

        haha, yeah, I would have over a thousand push notifications a day if I did that. No thanks.

  • Eric M

    Needs a way to be able to add feeds, or am I missing it?

  • Xinan

    I expect a demo video. The screenshots are just to simple for me to know how the app is like.

  • Nino

    Reeder? I much prefer Newsify.

  • a3yu

    is this better than feedly??

  • Xinan

    Absolutely, since I’m very satisfied with Reeder, I can’t make the decision to purchase Unread when I don’t know what it is like.

  • Skoven

    Speaking of RSS feeds… Does anyone know how (if possible) to subscribe to the jailbreak section ONLY (instead of the entire site), here at iDB?

  • Gianluca

    I’m having an issue when I try to connect my Readability account, Unread says Unable to sign in.