Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is AP Mobile – a very good and recently revamped news app for the iPad and iOS. It’s touted as the most comprehensive, accurate, and content-rich mobile app for local and global news – and it certainly offers strong news coverage from its own resources (“where the News gets its news”) and from a good range of partner sources.
AP Mobile is the award-winning app from The Associated Press, the definitive news source relied upon by thousands of newspapers, broadcasters and digital news providers worldwide. AP is "where the News gets its news," and AP Mobile provides the same fast, unbiased multimedia coverage as a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iTouch users. AP is joined in this app by more than a thousand of its newspaper and broadcast customers in the United States, adding extensive local news coverage to the AP’s unmatched world and national reports.
The app has recently been updated with support for the new iPad’s retina display including high-resolution photos. The photos look great throughout the app.
It’s easy to toggle on and off details text for photos, with just a single tap.
AP Mobile has also had a major refresh and revamp to its look, and it’s really looking much better now. It looks like the refresh was influenced by standard-setting iPad apps like Flipboard, and that’s a good thing. There’s always been great content in this app, now it’s much more nicely packaged – so it’s more of a pleasure to browse through and spend time with.
You can just check out top news if you’re in a hurry, or browse through by category to read what interests you most. Categories are shown in a left sidebar that hides away nicely when not needed, and include US News, World, Sports, Technology, Business, Politics, Science, Showbiz, Lifestyle and lots more. You can also easily select which categories to show and hide in the sidebar.
AP Mobile also gives you local news from top local sources, one of its best features.
You can also choose to browse just the photo or video galleries within the app. Each section has its own gallery and the content here is excellent as well.
In the app’s setting you can choose to use a light or dark background for its news articles.
The app is ad-supported but the ads aren’t shown that frequently and are not too intrusive.
We’re spoiled for choice on the iPad in terms of the number of good news apps available, but this is definitely a very good free one to have amongst your sources.
Here’s an App Store link for AP Mobile; it’s a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.