New Scientist

New Scientist

By New Scientist Ltd

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2013-09-18
  • Current Version: 2.5.0
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 27.95 MB
  • Developer: New Scientist Ltd
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 1,011 Ratings


New Scientist is the world's number one science and technology magazine, and online we are the go-to site for breaking news, exclusive content and breakthroughs that will change your world. The New Scientist app allows you to read each weekly issue plus New Scientist: The Collection, watch videos, follow links to references and share articles. Download the app today and enjoy free sample issues, buy individual issues or buy a subscription. Our terms and conditions for subscriptions include: - Length: Subscriptions are available for three-month or one-year terms. You will receive a new issue of New Scientist each week. - Price: You can buy a subscription for $21.99 for three months or $84.99 for a year. Subscription renewals cost the same. All prices may change. - Payment will be charged to your App Store account when the purchase is confirmed. - You can purchase an auto-renewable subscription directly from the App Store. A subscription gives you access to all issues in the New Scientist app during the subscription period. Your subscription will renew automatically unless you turn off the auto-renew setting at least 24 hours before the end of your current subscription period. - You can manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal by going to your App Store subscriptions management settings after purchase. - A subscription gives you access to all issues in the New Scientist app during the subscription period. Any issues that you have not downloaded during this period will not be downloadable later. But you can continue to read issues that you have downloaded to your device and not deleted. - If you are using the app as a free trial and buy a subscription before the end of the trial period, you will forfeit the unused portion of the free trial period. - Read our privacy policy at - Read our terms of use at - If you buy a subscription from the App Store, you do not get unlimited access to as part of the deal. - If you already have a subscription to New Scientist, please contact our customer service team to add app access to your subscription before logging in to the app. The team's details are at A single issue for $2.99 A rolling 3-monthly subscription for US$21.99 every 3 months. An annual subscription for US$84.99 Prices differ depending on your local currency. All prices may change. Payment will be charged to your App Store Account at confirmation of purchase. This subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period, your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. The cost of the renewal will match the initial subscription price. You can manage your subscriptions through your Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period Having trouble? Email and we'll be happy to help



  • Easy to read but would prefer to listen

    By RPChi
    I have a couple of apps for weekly publications. One of them includes and audio version which I can listen to on the move. This app would definitely benefit from a similar functionality.
  • Outstanding Science Journalism

    By Zoomey
    I am enjoying my subscription to the magazine. The articles are well-written and informative. The explanations provided in diagrams and side bars are done well too. I do have several requests. Please consider providing a highlighting feature in a future version of the application, and request the ability to view the pages as they appear in the original text version of the magazine. Thank you.
  • Great mag. Complete app failure.

    By JoelieJoelie
    Purchase via iTunes. Trouble logging in each and every time. Customer support was not helpful. Password issues, freezing-up, logging in over and over again. How does a magazine such as this have an app that performs so poorly? Truly disappointed.
  • What’s happening

    By jprTX
    If you want to know what’s happening in science, this is the magazine for you. Much theoretical and some practical information
  • Before you subscribe read this (I did and regret it)

    By eliax
    Before you subscribe to this App please be aware of the following serious issues it has: 1. You DO NOT get access to the latest content until a week later. So if you read a cool story on New Scientist’s twitter account for example and want to read it right away, tough luck, you have to wait a week. 2. If you subscribe through the App, you DO NOT get access to the web version which has the latest issues and is up-to-date. 3. While reading articles inside the App you often get links to previous articles, but you CAN NOT read those articles because they point to the web versions instead of the App version. 4. You CAN NOT search for anything across multiple magazines, you can only search inside the magazine you are reading. 5. Your bookmarks ARE NOT saved to iCloud, which means they do not carry over between your iPhones and iPads. It also means that if you need to reinstall the App (something you probably will do because of bugs in the App) you will lose all your precious bookmarked articles. 6. DO NOT believe the high rating of this App. What they do is that after they get a lot of bad ratings they release “a new version” of the App (really the same App with maybe a couple of bugs fixed) which clears all the bad ratings (Apple should fix this behavior). 7. The interface is among the worst interfaces you will ever use to navigate an App. Totally non-intuitive. 8. The only GOOD thing about this App is the quality of the articles themselves, but they are layered behind one of the worst App experiences I have ever used in my life.
  • Slowly improving...and regressing...

    By rktca
    Update: **august 2018 app no longer saves my last-read place, but sends me to the main issue list**. Not even my Download list. This makes it soooo much worse that I know I'll barely use it until that critical feature is fixed/added back. So sad I updated the app now; I wish I could revert to the previous version. Still has weird issues with the article titles on iPhone X. Navigating between new issues and Downloads is easier. Update: okay FINALLY it seems to return to the last article I was reading immediately upon opening the app. This is a huge deal because it dramatically lowers the friction open up the app and read an article quickly. +1 star for this. However... The article display is not good. First, the titles of articles are stuck under the menu bar. This was not broken before. The size of text has been a problem for a while and it might be worse now. I have two options: small, and comically huge. I have no idea why it's so difficult to get the type in a reasonable size for this one app. ----after further experience with the new main page magazine list that scrolls to the most recent magazine instead of the one I'm reading, plus the horrible new method of deleting finished issues, I'm further reducing my rating by a star. -- end update The app still has all the great content from new scientist. The new UI has so many problems I can't list them all off the top of my head. Here are a few examples: 1. The method of deleting old issues is a convoluted and nonsensical series of steps (about as bad as it was before... but new!). 2. Returning to the last issue you were reading is now more difficult and slow. 3. The new menu is the upper-right has its commands centered (!) In the menu instead of left-justified. It looks like someone just slapped it together blindfolded. 4. The display settings are inconveniently hidden away from the articles to ensure that it's impossible to know the effect of changing the font size, etc. I don't mind updating UIs, especially when it has problems, but please please get a designer to do it rather than some random app developer or the marketing department. This app was clearly not redesigned by a trained UX designer. Ugh. If you want to skip hiring a designer please go copy a good app directly instead of attempting to make one from scratch.
  • Best at what it does

    By Wxbill
    Concise, clear, and interesting. The best feature is a link to the original paper. This publication is worth the time. It is written for busy people who want to keep up, but can’t spend hours reading. The graphics and overall presentation are on target for one who enjoys science and its rapid pace of change.
  • Fake subscriptions do not allow Web access

    By Bangs Family
    You can subscribe to New Scientist from the app, but the subscription is limited to iPhone only even you paid the full digital subscription price. This is not explained. Once you subscribe with iTunes, the app shows the content, but when you click to Account Settings, it asks you for a subscriber ID and password that you do not have. When you call support, they say you are not a subscriber. When I said I subscribed by iTunes, the rep had to research for 1/2 hour before realizing that they do not know the identity of iTunes subscribers and asked me to call Apple for the pass word to access their web site. Of course, Apple cannot give out passwords to If you want to subscribe to New Scientist, use the web site and get a real digital subscription. Other than the fake subscription feature, I like the app and would recommend it to access a subscription purchased from the web site.
  • Great content, horrible app

    By MJ3749
    From the second I downloaded this app it’s had nothing but problems. I need to redownload issues every time I open the app due to a lack of storage on my phone, despite having 10 gigabytes available. And now it won’t even let me download any issues at all. The content is excellent, but the app itself is an absolute disaster.
  • Customer service is lacking

    By LowReed
    I’ve given up trying.