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Did Apple kill their RSS reader for iPhone Safari?



iPhonereaderdownChecking my RSS feeds this morning, I ran across this message on my iPhone.

Normally, RSS feeds opened in Safari redirect to and display in a simple form designed for quick reading. The Apple Core at ZDNet has a write-up of how it used to work. Doesn’t work like that now. Instead, I’m given an ad for MobileMe, which I don’t want or need.

Fortunately most of my favorite sites already have mobile versions (including GottaBeMobile), but not all. Worse yet, I have a few custom feeds put together in Yahoo! Pipes that only published as feeds. Thus, assuming the change is permanent not a glitch, I may need to turn to a dedicated feed reader, something I’ve successfully avoided for years. Any suggestions are welcomed.



  1. Uncle Mikey

    02/10/2010 at 1:10 pm

    Why not use Google Reader? The mobile version works quite well in Safari.

  2. BBusyB

    02/11/2010 at 7:49 pm

    I’ll second the recommendation for Google Reader. The major advantage is that you feeds are accessible from both the iPhone and your PC, so everything is in sync.

    Heck I personally prefer to user Google reader more on my iPhone as I really like the simplified interface. Its one of the tabs that’s always open in mobile safari for me.

  3. Jezlyn

    02/12/2010 at 2:42 am

    3rd on Google Reader. And if you feel like expanding to a native iPhone aggregator app later on, I’d recommend MobileRSS. A lot of people like Reeder for its speed, but I tried it and I don’t like its interface that much. MobileRSS’s UI is a lot like Tweetie 2, with the “rubber-band” pull-down to refresh, and swiping over feed items to bring up a menu of options. Plus it stays where you left the app, instead of bringing you back to a home screen list of feeds/folders. Very convenient for me since I mainly stick to one folder of feeds that I read regularly, but have a bunch of other uncategorized feeds around mainly for bookmarking purposes. No, I don’t work for, nor do I get compensated by MobileRSS. I just like it. It’s not free, but $1.99 isn’t a bad price.

  4. Alan

    02/23/2010 at 6:12 pm

    I go for NetNewsWire on my iPod Touch and FeedDemon on my netbook and PC – both programs synchronise using Google Reader so everything is nicely in sync. You can also just read directly on Google Reader when on another computer (but for my own computer I found FeedDemon better for offline reading on trains/planes than the Google Reader + Google Gears combo).

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