Our revamped iOS app features: • Up-to-the-minute breaking news from our award-winning newsroom • Top headlines you can browse or read in full so you’ll always be in-the-know • Get the news you want as it breaks by opting in for push notifications • The latest sports scores, stats and news from around the world are at your fingertips • Easy access to weather, traffic, videos, photo galleries • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email
Subscription Details: • OPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy a limited number of free stories each month. Get unlimited access, 24/7, for just $5.99 a month (first 2 weeks are FREE) by subscribing within the app itself. Otherwise, if you are a Digital or Print subscriber you can log in to the app for full access. • PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase and will automatically renew each month unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of your monthly period. • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and small user enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
Missing features, no search
UPDATE: two months after I submitted this review, the same problems (missing features, no search function, etc.). Today I have to find these features by searching the Internet (where I end up reading Mick LaSalle’s column on the sites of competing newspapers, even though the SF Chron is his home). I still rate this app one star because there is no lower designation. (Complaints in my original post are detailed below.)
Two features that regularly drew me to the previous app were the Ask Mick LaSalle column, and the horoscopes (especially Sunday’s Minerva feature).
The latter might sound silly, but checking the horoscope was a fun daily ritual, followed by reading articles of interest. Now that there is no daily horoscope, I’m out of the habit and ease of visiting the Chron app at all (I’m not going to invest the extra time in looking it up and reading the paper on my laptop at work).
Similarly the Ask Mick LaSalle column – if I happened to miss it, very easy to enter it in the search field, and then I’d stick around reading other items – but now it’s inaccessible, unless I happen to visit the app the day it’s published.
I’m sure your intent wasn’t to shift daily readers to an occasional rare visit, but at least in my case, that’s the result.
Developer Response ,
I can assure you that your feedback is not being overlooked. Mick Lasalle's column can be found under the 'Datebook' section tab in the app. If Mick is one of the primary reasons you consume San Francisco Chronicle app content, I suggest you initially visit the Datebook section - in today's version, there are up to 7 stories from Mick LaSalle.
Additionally, we are looking to address the 'Search' issue in the near future.
Less New Content
Moving my rating to 3 stars. Over last week or so they have more regularly added new content and have reintroduced by lines for lead columnists. Headed in a better direction.
From what I can tell the redesigned look and feel of the app (which I like) was accompanied by a significant reduction in the amount of new content loaded each day. The reduction in the amount of new content loaded each day coupled with the removal of several sections/features (featured columnists, games, real estate) has resulted in an app that does not justify the subscription price. I will not be renewing my subscription.
Developer Response ,
I'm happy you're starting to see changes that you deem better. We're constantly consolidating feedback and making changes. I want to assure you that there's actually more content in the app then what would appear in the newspaper. Additionally, stories might very well appear in the app first before making it into print. The app also includes digital only content that could never manifest itself in print. Feel free to reach out to me directly at ZRoeper@hearst.com and I'd be happy to continue the conversation.
The SFC Team
Latest update lacking
Two major problems: first, there is no search function (or at least it's not easily found). Second, the front page and subsequent pages/sections are populated by old articles. Nothing like opening the Local News section on January 2 to find out about public transportation options for New Years Eve - an article that ran two days prior and is now totally irrelevant. I read the newspaper to find out about NEWS (that's why it's not called an oldspaper). C'mon Chronicle...if you're committed to delivering online news, prove it. If you're not committed, then stop publishing an online edition.
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- 29.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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- In-App Purchases
- San Francisco Chronicle for iPad $5.99
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.