The Economist: US & World News

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A smart guide to the forces that shape the future, readers can access their essential global briefing on current affairs, business, finance, economics, science, technology and the arts from The Economist each week.

Download the free app to:

- Enjoy three free articles a week, including the cover leader
- Stay up to date on US & global issues, political developments, business and financial news
- Get comprehensive economic reports, a regular briefing on current affairs, science and tech articles and news on cultural affairs
- Enjoy the content of the weekly newspaper in an easy-to-use format
- Save articles to read offline later
- Save and share your favourite articles via email and social media
-Get alerts when the new issue is available along with notifications on cover stories, breaking news and analysis.

Download the free app now and have the latest US and international news, business reports, political commentary and financial analysis at your fingertips, as well as insight into the world of arts and cultural affairs.

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Key sections and benefits include:

• Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time every Thursday, with authoritative insight into the latest news about current affairs, from Brexit and the Trump administration, to big business mergers and driverless cars, and much more
• Download each issue to your device and read offline. Wherever you are, you can catch up on insightful news articles on current affairs from all around the world including US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas
• Switch easily between reading and listening with The Economist in Audio. Download the audio edition to listen to each week’s issue of The Economist, read by professional broadcasters
• Purchase single issues in the app for world-renowned business news and economy coverage, including economic and financial indicators, world GDP data plus much more
• Store and access back issues
• Subscribe within the app and get full access to and The Economist apps
• Share articles via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook
• The app presents a great digital native reading experience for readers allowing for font size changes, Night Mode and other convenient user friendly qualities.
• The World in 2018 is now available within The Economist app. Install the app and scroll down through the issues to The World in 2018. Find out how big thinkers, industry leaders and Economist journalists predict 2018 will unfold.

In today’s changing world, the one thing that’s certain is uncertainty. Make sense of it all with The Economist.

• Purchase a quarterly subscription to the full edition of The Economist for USD $45.99 or an annual subscription for USD $189.99.
• Subscribe annually, quarterly or buy a single issue. You will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by iTunes.
• Payment is charged to your iTunes account upon confirmation of purchase.
• Annual and quarterly subscriptions automatically renew. You can manage auto-renew of your subscription from your iTunes account settings at any time, but must be turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period to avoid being charged again.
• The app may offer a free trial. At the end of the free trial period, the full price of the subscription will be charged thereafter. Cancellations must occur 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged. Visit for more information.
• Full terms of use can be found at

Simply search for The Economist in the App Store to download the app for free.

Please note that this app requires iOS 8.0 and above. We recommend you update to the latest version of iOS to receive the best possible experience.

The Economist: US & World News App Description & Overview

The applications The Economist: US & World News was published in the category News on 2011-09-30 and was developed by The Economist. The file size is 20.69 MB. The current version is 4.1 and works well on 8.0 and high ios versions.

- Added support for The World in 2018
- App should remember your place more frequently
- Various bug fixes and performance improvements

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The Economist: US & World News Reviews

call me fran

Looks are not everything  call me fran  1 star

The new app does look much better and some notorious hiccups have been...well...replaced with others. A bit disappointing though, I'm sure, if one were to see the bill the Economist received from their developers after the launch party. I don't much care for the audio features although it seems plenty of other readers have an effigy to burn in that mess, but the fact that charts and other graphics are not zoomable seems absolutely surreal; yes I do actually look at those. I have other gripes of course but no need to air them here. Due diligence and all to the Economist chaps - but please go back and dot the i's once you are done congratulating yourselves. Also.. Night Mode is broken... cheers

Stef Geiger

Inexcusable  Stef Geiger  1 star

This app is incredibly buggy, to the point that it's clear the Economist group has no respect for its subscribers. Nov 21 update: still no fix for playback speed after nearly half a year of it being broken. Also while the app SOMETIMES remembers where you left off, it ignores your playlist/downloaded articles and instead reverts to streaming all articles.


Broken night mode  Bdobbs  1 star

The latest update seems to have broken night mode - it resets for every article. Very jarring for someone used to 100% night mode reading. Also annoying how often it loses place within an issue, defaulting to the table of contents (after an ad impression each time). Overall, the reading experience has degraded in the past year.


More bad than good in the new app  GenericTadpole4  1 star

Love the The Economist. I use the app mainly to listen to the audio, the quality of which seems to have suffered in the recent update. Also the button that controls audio speed is now invisible for some reason. This continues to be a problem. They removed the incredibly annoying collapsing audio control menu (please NEVER bring that back). But the old version had the ability to order your playlist. PLEASE bring that back. Otherwise, the design is kinda simple and sorta meh. I don't understand why the quality of the app seems to be deteriorating over time rather than improving. Quite frustrating. No support for iPhone X yet and is therefore buggy on that device.


Still miserable after all these years  Davidnyc10024  1 star

For anybody that is unlucky enough to want to use it on the subway, the economist seems intent on disrupting an otherwise great read with badly designed technology to optimize ad reads over ease of use so you mostly spend your entire journey waiting for ads to load.


Font too large on iPhone  AngryFrustratedDone  1 star

Bring back normal and small sized fonts. It’s incredibly annoying having to perpetually scroll to read at even a slow pace being so few words are on the screen.


Real news  Leegoolaas  5 star

In a time of fake news, infomercials and infotainment we have few bastions of thoughtful, balanced news. Too few sources that are detailed enough to explore the subject. Thanks to the economist for keeping us informed enough to weather the storm of banality.


The Economist is great, but the app needs tweaking.  Icblue54  3 star

95% of the time the app is fine. I read an article and have to remember my place often because the app won’t do it for me. App shuts down sometimes, mild inconvenience because it only happens if I’m taking too long to read something. I actually like to read the economist with the audio playing. But the audio reads so unbelievably slow. Can we please add some speed options? Or can I play it through a third party player? Add audio speeds and I’ll change to five stars.


Disappointing  Rudolphmax  2 star

I love The Economist but was told it was a “business decision” not to maintain the multiple speed player. Whatever happened to customer service. I listen to this app starting every Thursday and used to get through the entire magazine often within a couple days. Now it takes me a full week - to listen to other podcasts I have to skip parts of this one. Very disappointing for the best business magazine.


messed up the update  gnz1  1 star

The app is supposed to let you read the magazine offline, but it won’t let you read the magazines that you have downloaded if you are offline, because it gets stuck in the opening ad (the one you have to swipe) if you are not connected. This makes reading the Economist in my subway commute impossible.


Odur Thomas Mande MandeOdur 3 star

@juanmirocks: Get ready for the #imminentFuture. I’m so proud of us humans ❤️🚀#economist #theWorldIn2018 #spacex #virgin #deepblue #spac…


Suchindranath Aiyer Suchindranath 3 star

Yugosalavia: Victors' Justice in a US-NATO-Sunni* Axis dominated "Animal Farm" World where the refrain of "Moslems…


James Slate 🇺🇸 JSlate__ 3 star

@NATOmonitor Idk who the Economist is polling. Probably a select group of California Feminists. Maybe 1.6k at most.…


Latest update is a dud  Dstock81  1 star

I have to download the issue again every time I open the app, making it borderline unusable.


Bring back speed control  Jim NYC  1 star

Not having speed control will cause me to drop my subscription when it comes up for renewal.


Stellar, incisive, thoughtful  SoniaSonvida  5 star

Always clear, well-researched, and relevant. The Economist is the supersmart friend who makes you smarter. A friend who every week teaches you how to think with rigour, form your own opinion, and write with style. Ideas matter. Facts count. Even when you disagree, The Economist enriches every week.


Thoughtful news  DarseyNYC  5 star

Like most people I’m getting too much news from short blurbs on the Internet. The Economist on the other hand offers well written, well thought out articles on the most pertinent topics of the day. The authors offer solutions and alternatives. I’m sticking with the Economist.


Remains a good source of perspective  Kanjicongee  5 star

In a troubled industry, The Economist generally remains a good source of perspective and their app delivers that content effectively.


New app has worse user experience  Arkangli  3 star

Content always excellent but this new app is pretty bad. Regularly have to re-download the current issue, sometimes 3 times. Takes longer to load and if the internet connection is not good it can hangup in the initial splash ad. Old app worked fine, this one has been bad on the front end. What exactly was the reason for the new app as far as the user is concerned? Still, great content.


Horrible new update don’t download !!  Ottobot2  1 star

I have been using the economist App for years and I was very happy with it until now. The latest update breaks old features and added worthless ones. These are my top issues: 1- I can no longer rewind or fast-forward the audio player. 2-Changing track is buggy... it doesn’t always respond to track changes for either next or previous. Only Play and Pause seem to work properly. 3- The new UI interface clunky and is not that intuitive. It’s not easy to switch from text to audio. 4- Worst of all, the app is a ClickBait. I can totally understand the need to review advertisers or sponsors when I am using a free product but I am a PAID subscriber. I don’t see why I should be fumbling around a display ad whenever I want to use the App. This is a constant irritant; somebody must be getting compensated by those fake clicks at the my expense.

Eco Dude

Stealing defeat from the jaws of victory.  Eco Dude  1 star

I love the economist, but hate the app. It use to be better, but every update gets worse. Now, the symbol for audio speed doesn’t even appear. I press the space where it once existed and the reading speed changes. This is a bug that any engineer can fix. Second, every time I leave the app, it resets to my home screen. No mention of what article I was reading or listening too. Please fix. I could never launch and app with obvious broken features. Once fixed, I may give it an average rating for everything from UX/UI and other features that could be greatly improved. If the app gets any worse, I will pause my subscription for a year to see if it can finally get it right.


Terrible app  00Hein  1 star

Content good as in the past but the new version of the app has many bugs and they aren't being addressed: the app doesn't track accurately where you are in the issue and pretty much everything around the audio edition is broken. Update Oct 18 2017: add crazy battery usage to the list of complaints — the latest update caused 25% battery consumption for the day from less than an hour of listening to the audio edition.


Does not remember position  Stupidiphon  1 star

This version of the app does not remember my position of the audio file. It starts from the beginning every time.

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