To get ABC News content on your iPhone & iPad there are 4 different options. You can download an iPhone app, a couple of different iPad apps, or view the iPhone optimized website for ABC News. You’ll find a slew of other ABC News apps for your local city in the App Store as well, if you prefer a local experience including weather and traffic updates.
ABC News is an iPhone app for reading news on your iPhone from ABC. There are sections in the Top News tab which can be easily swiped on the top of the screen. Tap to read a story and go back. Shows lists articles from various ABC shows like Good Morning America & Nightline. Local contains video content for cities around the US including Chicago, Flint, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. There’s also a video section if you prefer to watch the news on your iPhone. 4/5
ABC News for iPad is a native app optimized for the larger tablet screen with a few additional interactive features like the Globe. Using the 3D globe, you can drag a sphere with various news photos and tap to get to each story. You can filter what shows up on the globe by category or ABC program from a drop down menu. If you prefer the classic style, there is also a newspaper style section provided. The app has intermittent banner ads that appear on the bottom of the screen, which can be a bit distracting. 3/5
ABC Player for iPad (Free) is a dedicated video streaming app with TV shows and News programming. You can use this app for watching pre-recorded news shows and news specials. Read our full review of the ABC Player here
And finally, if you don’t want to install any apps, you can just go to the iPhone optimized version of the ABC News website from Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch. The URL to use is http://abcnews.go.com/m/
. You get the same type of content as you would using the iPhone app and you can easily bookmark it for quick access. The mobile site doesn’t work flawlessly however and can use some fine tuning.
There are also a ton of individual local iPhone apps you can try which focus on delivering ABC news for your local city. Some of these apps include ABC7 Los Angeles, 6abc Philadelphia, ABC7 News Bay Area, ABC 13 Houston, 7News Denver, and ABC 3340 Alabama, and many more.