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By Quartz

Editors’ Choice

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Quartz's news app puts the entire global economy in your pocket. It's an ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting. We'll send you messages, photos, GIFs, links, and—our newest treat—3D objects that you can view in augmented reality.

You decide when you're interested in learning more about a news item. Each session lasts just a few minutes, so it's perfect for the train, elevator, grocery store line, or wherever you have a spare moment. And here's the secret about our little news bot: It's written by humans! Smart journalists who just want to keep you informed and entertained.

We're proud to have been named an Apple editors' choice and one of the 10 best iPhone apps of 2016. Some other accolades we're not exactly bashful about:
• GQ's 100 best things in the world right now
• Fast Company's 8 must-download apps for your new iPhone
• CNET's favorite apps of 2016
• Business Insider's best iPhone apps of 2016
• OK, we'll stop now :)

The app is really simple to use. Here are some other features:
• Experience the news in AR. When telling you about an interesting object that's in the news, we may invite you view a 3D model of it right there in front of you.
• Notifications that are relevant and fun. You decide which alerts to receive, and we won't buzz your phone unless it's really, really important.
• Sometimes our notifications also come with photos, charts, animated GIFs, or other media attached to them. Pretty crazy.
• Take a 24-hour break from news about the US president with Trump Snooze.
• On the Today screen, view our most interesting chart of the moment.
• Apple Watch owners, gauge the markets with an emoji on your watch face.
• No more news? Relax. We'll give you a quiz or something else to do.

This app is a new way to read the news that's really made for your phone. We hope you like it. Let us know what you think at Thanks!

What's New in Version 2.2

Four months ago, we introduced the ability to view 3D models of newsworthy objects in augmented reality. Which, cool. Cool cool. Pretty cool. But we didn't know if you would embrace the idea of journalism in AR or play around with it for a second, grunt softly, and move on. Fortunately, you've embraced it! As people have used the feature, we've seen a Tesla in the Auckland airport, the Berlin Wall in Copenhagen, and 808 drum machines on desks around the world.

So we can't wait to see what you all do with our latest version.

You can now access a library of all our objects and view them in AR whenever you want. Just swipe over to the right of the main chat view.* Unlimited AR for everyone. We hope you enjoy it and share all your new adventures.

*Editor's note: You don't want to know how long we agonized over the correct way to describe where this new feature is located. It's really not that complicated, but that did not stop not us from overthinking it. The new Objects screen is to the right of the main chat view, from your perspective. But to get there, you the left? Yes, well, that is the direction in which your thumb moves while the screen the right. Of course, that's...stage left from the chat's perspective, which has to count for something. What we're saying is don't give it another second of thought, and you'll be fine.


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Customer Reviews

News consumption, now less overwhelming

With the short (but greatly detailed) summaries, I no longer have to skim through long, overloaded news articles or use apps that are an eyesore. My only requests would be an improved Apple Watch app that would show the same summaries as on a phone and an option to remove ads. This is my go to news app, and it’ll likely be yours too.

Unintuitive Design

There was a story that was interesting, so I clicked the button that came up that said “anything else?” which took me to another story. I didn’t realize you have to click the emoji to get more information. What’s worse is now there’s no way to go back and find out more info about that topic leaving me to go find it on my own - defeating the entire purpose of the app.

Wonderful app

Absolutely love the feel of this app!
The text style interface is absolutely perfect.
Only thing I’d like to see is an ajustement to how fast the text boxes are sent!

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.2
  • Size: 51.8 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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