6abc Philadelphia News App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: News
  • Publisher: ABC Digital
  • Updated: Dec, 22 2010
  • Version: 2.3
  • Size: 31.7 MB

Languages: English

Seller: ABC Digital

- New "See it? Shoot it! Send it!" feature that allows you to upload and browse photos of the news around you.
- iOS 7 compatibility updates

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
16 Ratings
All Versions:
362 Ratings


WPVI-TV Philadelphia - Stay on top of the latest breaking news, weather and traffic with the 6abc app. It's the information you need to know in an app that's fun and easy to use.

Get the top local headlines for the Philadelphia area, as well as news from around the U.S. and the world. The app also features the latest entertainment news, as well as more offbeat stories.

Best of all, the app is free and gives you unlimited access to a wealth of content you can then easily share with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and more.

-Breaking news alerts pushed to your home screen
-Live breaking news video (with Closed Captioning)
-Live video streams of your local newscasts (when available)
-AirPlay-enabled on demand video clips

-Latest weather data wherever you are
-Set and track weather for multiple locations
-Latest video forecast from the station
-Live Doppler
-7-Day & hourly forecasts

-Local and state news headlines
-Photo galleries
-Interactive traffic map

-Sports headlines from ESPN
-National and world headlines from ABC News
-Celebrity news from OnTheRedCarpet.com

Customer Reviews

  • Nice but always crashes

    by Dardedardedar

    I have this app on an IPAD 4 with the latest IOS 7 updates and it crashes a lot. Also, it seems to cut out the sports news when it says it will be right back. Please fix!

  • Good

    by Xman1218

    This app is great and always has the latest news

  • Good for local news

    by Jesus saves 1975

    No complaints, always has the top stories.

  • News

    by T. Mc K

    Why do I get a lot of scores when watching 6 abc live ? I miss half the news !!

  • The best!

    by Justin pa usa

    I love this app! It is so useful because I almost have no time to watch the news!

  • So far so good.

    by kurttarvis

    Works great on iOS 7 thus far. Let's hope it keeps up

  • Would be better if

    by Nina1978

    If we could comment on news articles just like the six ABC website.

  • Nice app

    by Spark51557

    Like this app but there are too many alerts and no way to turn them off

  • Simple errors

    by LaidOffWriter

    Decent reporting, but the grammar...seriously, hire an editor.

  • Much Improved!

    by Randall Cartwright

    Thank you for the much-needed improvements. You are finally headed in the right direction. Looks and feels like a real iPhone app instead of a dollar store knock-off.

  • Great App. Great news.

    by Kirsten823

    Great for everyone. I like it especially since I can watch the news in bed, since I am pretty comfy in the morning


    by 12345577890

    I love the update it's a great improvement. PLEASE PUT BACK THE BADGE ICON AND SOUND ALERT... It is not working. Also add a way were we can comment on stories through the app. Then it would be five star perfect. NEED A WAY TO ADD AND SHOW COMMENTS ON A STORY! Get rid of the video add in the Beginning of the videos

  • Missing links

    by Bluwolf123

    I like the new app but really miss the lottery and horoscope links, what can I say give it a 3


    by HZURC3

    Only one thing I have to say LOVE IT

  • None

    by WDinspr

    App is great, but 6ABC should check the content of the news stories they post. Constantly getting confused by all the mistakes in the reports! But the app works great.

  • Cool

    by Litarodriguez

    Really good app lov it

  • Great app...depressing push ins

    by K....B

    Love the new upgrades! Very easy to use. However, I no longer want the push ins...I thought they would be more "alert" related than depressing announcements.

  • Great app!

    by clayman100

    One of my favorite apps for local news. It is logically laid out and loads fast. The one thing I might add is the Pennsy lottery numbers. It is like your personal newscast.

  • None

    by Gooberuser

    Don't like that I can't turn off alerts. Very annoying! Everything else is great.

  • Annoying!

    by Dubby64

    Should be able to turn off alerts, noisy!!

  • Overblown coverage of storms

    by Ray Man Ok

    I might have received about 100 notifications for yesterday's storms. They are all the same too. Live update now, video update now, digital update now. New updated snow totals. On and on its unreal how many useless notifications they send. Usually great for just local news. Turn off during a snowstorm. Unless you want an update every 30 mins that tells you the same thing over and over again. This stuff is going to their heads. Relax action news.

  • Not Good Enough Yet

    by Georgiann Heath

    Until it has a search feature, I won't be using it.

  • The worst

    by Maxesq

    Get the ABC Watch app instead. This one is nothing but "We'll be right back". Horrible.

  • Radar?!

    by Ssssccuba

    Where is the live radar on this app?!

  • Not timely in posting weather video

    by Pugnut

    My biggest gripe...Why oh why are you so late in posting the weather videos!? Big storm predicted this week and 2 hours after the weather forecast on TV, the video's still not up. Can't get it on the regular website either. You can post frivolous news really fast, but THE IMPORTANT stuff like the weather video...? When you do manage to post it, it's great & I rely on it daily. But get your crew to be better in getting that weather video on the app.


    by J72Duster

    With each ten second news clip you have to endure the SAME AD each and every time. If you are a fan of annoying redundancy then you may like this app otherwise don't bother. I am promptly deleting.

  • Advertisements (Too many)

    by Officer Dan

    I used to love this app. But now every time I go to view a story via video, I'm forced to watch a boring advertisement, EVERY TIME. Get rid of that please. I close the app and use another news provider when I see an advertisement now. Soon I'll just delete the app all together.

  • It does not open!

    by Sgnifxsfbjgcjfcjxjg

    Old app worked fine but I give up on this one - major bug. Will read Philadelphia inquirer instead.

  • Force fed advertising

    by Marcus Quinones

    This content provider has grown very lazy and instead of providing detailed articles in text, it now seems to force you to watch video clips of the news, but not until you're force fed PECO advertising. Sometimes its two commercials before the news is provided and sometimes even the same exact commercial back to back. This happens every time you click on a video play button, so if you want to find out about 3 headlines, you will likely have to watch 6 commercials! No thank you. I can get my content elsewhere; app being deleted!

  • Fix traffic

    by Kicky2

    I like the new app for the news, but the new traffic section is horrible. I preferred the other one where I could see the sections (words, not a huge map that's impossible to see on a phone) of the roadway & find the name of the area I wanted. With only having a huge map of the area it is too hard to figure out the roadway that I need. Would like to see the feature reinstated where I can see the words (not just the map) & I can choose the area of traffic I want to check. It was much more efficient. Might need to find another local app that has better traffic features. :(

  • 6abc ad... I mean app

    by ChuckCh

    I really like the new app but the 15 second ads before a video takes too much of my time away. I feel trapped and controlled by it because I can't skip the ads. My time is very important to me so 2 stars for it. Allow the ads to be skipped and 5 stars it is.

  • Slow news

    by Luvshar

    I do not like the new 6abc app. The news it provides is old. And I don't need to see the videos. The old app was much nicer, faster, and used less memory on my iPhone.

  • Bring back old traffic

    by Luvmedo20

    Bring back the old traffic format. These maps are utterly useless. I loved the avg time on the routes and they were always accurate. Please bring it back!

  • Content and substance is lacking

    by nik siz

    If anyone wonders why local news has been in such decline, just look at the garbage content in this app: crimes, fires, and irrelevant breaking news. This isn't journalism, it's sensationalism. How about some real journalism, investigations, and reporting to improve the quality of life in Philadelphia? Stop catering to the lowest common denominator.

  • Ads are too long

    by Anon355578

    The ads before the vids are longer than the vids. Thanks for wasting my time.

  • Losing 6

    by Hiram The. Bman

    I have an older iPod that just wont die. Now I'm told that I can't get the newest version of 6Abc. So long Philly.

  • Spider

    by Mom2kyle

    STOP the spider running across the screen. It happens with the ad at the top of screen. Really inconsiderate!

  • Too much!

    by Hazelweatherfield

    Too many notifications! I'm deleting the app.

  • Spammy

    by Deejaypete215

    It repeats the same alert over and over again even after opening and closing the App. The breaking news are old news because there's a error that keeps repeating the news on the app please fix other then that the app is great.

  • News app

    by Aquaman1977

    You can't get lottery results on this app- not fair

  • Up date notices

    by D. K.R.

    There are too many up date messages which arrive with a chime. I'd like to shut down the up dates or at a minimum turn off the chime but can't find a way to do that without deleting the entire app.

  • Latest version is horrible

    by bdkane10

    The older version was so much better this one is more concerned with ads rather than news updates. What a shame the old app rocked

  • Too bad!

    by Ldjb

    New version won't work on original iPad! What's with that? Not all of us can get newest versions as they come out! Sorry to say goodbye to 6abc Philadelphia :0(

  • Garbage!

    by Dtronz

    I've had this app for a while and it worked great. They made some kind of new updated version that works when it wants to, which is mostly never.

  • Mixed

    by Eatmoreveggies

    LOVE the new sleek look and great new stories.... HATE that you got rid of the horoscopes!!! Why??

  • old 6abc app better than this ABC app

    by notwhatitwas

    The previous, unique to Philly 6abc app is (was) better than this ABC app. Parent company ABC "modified" all the affiliate stations apps to use their app template. Too many video stories all with commercials. Gone are the unique features that we have grown accustomed. View other's comments for a list of what is missing.

  • Eh

    by Janine Clarkson

    I use this app for the traffic. My commute to work depends on travel times. This new app doesnt have the travel times and route segments like the old app...I wish I didnt delete the old one now. Very un-impressed.

  • Very Professional

    by pennewize

    Provides easy access to 6ABC news content including streaming live broadcast in early morning. Works great on ipad.

  • Prefer the old app

    by Hates this app !!

    The last version was much more friendly and used more, now not worth the time.

  • Much improved

    by incagnito72

    The improvements are outstanding. Everything looks and feels smoother and not all jammed together. The only thing I do not like is that some of the stories are video only. Sometimes I can always have my volume up and would rather read the story than see a clip. Other than that it's a nice app

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