News and Weather Apps for Your iPhone - dummies

By Dwight Spivey

Part of iPhone For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The News and Weather app in iOS 12 for the iPhone are good, but may not suit your needs, or you may prefer the way one app works over the other. For example, Weather can give you some basic information on the days weather and upcoming forecasts, but doesn’t provide much detail; also, there are no weather maps to speak of.

These apps are listed in random order; don’t assume any personal preferences on my part due to their placement in this article.


Flipboard is an all-in-one app for accessing information based on your personal interests. Cultivate the stories to your liking and soon Flipboard will populate with articles that tend to interest you. Learn more about Flipboard and download it from the iTunes Store.


SmartNews is a well-received news aggregator. At more than 13 million downloads as of this writing, SmartNews is a popular app for finding your news quickly and without clutter. Find out more and download it here.


Reuters is one of the most trusted sources for news on the planet, and now you can access their excellent copy right on your iPhone. Breaking news appears under the Top News tab, while you can find the days’ goings-on by going to The Wire tab. Download the app here.

USA Today

You’ve seen USA Today in newsstands, hotel rooms, and the coin-operated newspaper racks that used to be on every street in the neighborhood. Today, you can see the newspaper’s famous graphics and charts via the USA Today app for iPhone. All the sections you love are there, including, Life, Money, and Sports. Download the app here.


If you subscribe to The New York Times, you can also access your Times subscription through your iPhone by downloading the NYTimes app. The app will provide non-subscribers with up to ten articles for free, but anything beyond that requires a subscription. The NYTimes app gives you breaking news alerts, international editions, and much more. Download the NYTimes app here.

Google News & Weather

The Google News & Weather app provides news from more than 75,000 publications and comprehensive weather reports in the same app. There’s also little to no time spent waiting on your news to load, as the app is one of the fastest around thanks to its Accelerated Mobile Pages technology. Download the Google News & Weather app.


AccuWeather is an excellent app for digging deep into the latest weather news. You can see as little or as much as you like with this app; simply check the current conditions or watch maps of the local area and see extremely detailed forecasts. The MinuteCast feature will even tell you when you can expect precipitation over the next couple of hours in your current location, and you’ll be frequently surprised at its accuracy. Download the AccuWeather app.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground boasts a network of more than 200,000 personal weather stations that serve make your local forecasts extremely accurate. Download Weather Underground’s app here.