This is exactly how I use my RSS feeds too! Nothing beats catching up and marking as read all of the latest news from the sources / blogs that I've hand picked over the years. That feeling of control of where these stories are sourced from gives me higher degree of confidence that they are worth my time.
However, I still like the serendipity of Apple News, Google News and the likes to find something unexpected and interesting knowing that the signal to noise is pretty high there.
What about Reddit, do you use it for news? I use it for entertainment such as funny GIFs and photos that lift my mood as I fly by, but some of the content I find too immature and it turns me off.