Read your articles later with Pocket
Free (IAPs) From Read It Later, Inc, getpocket.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 11 or later
Pocket began life in 2007 as Read it Later, before the popular bookmarking service was eventually bought by Firefox developer Mozilla in 2017. At the time, industry observers expected the service to be integrated into the company’s browser, since Pocket’s reader was so good at stripping out ads from online content. Instead, Mozilla chose to keep it a separate product, but with the existence of increasingly advanced built–in browser functions like Safari’s Reading List and Reader View, Pocket was in danger of becoming redundant. This latest update to the app, version 7.0, aims to avoid that fate by overhauling the interface and making the discovery and accessibility of articles, websites, videos, and other web content an experience worth returning to.
Largely it succeeds, thanks to a cleaner article view with customizable fonts, as well as dark and sepia themes that rest your eyes and help you focus. Text highlighting and tagging options remain, but aside from those design changes it’s clear that Pocket wants the one–tap Listen Button to be the standout feature. The option was actually rolled out back in 2015, but Pocket is now using Amazon’s Polly text– to–speech service to provide a more human sounding voice that’s more pleasant to listen to for long periods.
The app’s main menu stays true to its user–friendly origins, with saved articles living in My List, the Discover tab suggesting curated content, and the Activity tab feeding content from fellow Pocket users you choose to follow.
All of these features come with the free version of Pocket, and although non–paying users’ lists are interspersed with sponsored content, it isn’t overcooked. Apart from an ad–free experience, Premium subscribers ($4.99/month or $44.99/year) get a decent set of extras, including more Reader view customization options, a permanent cloud library that keeps the content you bookmark even offline, advanced search functions, suggested tags, and unlimited highlights.
In an era where browsers increasingly vie for our screen time, there’s still plenty of space for the Pocket app on our iPhones.
the bottom line. Spurred on by its rivals, Pocket has successfully come of age.
The reader view is not only clean and crisp, but fully customizable too.