Best iPad App of the Week: The Loop Magazine

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Music in The Loop Magazine

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is The Loop Magazine, published by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop website and ‘Yep heard round the world’ fame. The Loop Magazine has just been updated to a superb 2.0 version which is built specifically for iOS 7 – so it offers some slick features like background refresh.

This magazine definitely has lots of fluid motion and movement throughout its pages. I think it’s the most elegant example of iOS 7 motion and handling of what’s in the foreground and background at any given point in time. For instance, when you view an individual article you see a striking accompanying image, the article title, and a slice of the article’s opening text – like so:

Before

As soon as you touch the page and swipe up a little to read the article the image begins to fade into the background – as you can see here:

After

It’s a subtle but very impressive effect, and helps to focus more on the words as you read.

Similarly, if you let your finger linger just a little on an image within an article, the image pulls up full screen.

Photos

This is a title that feels 100% like an iPad magazine, and also clearly one that has a commitment to great design and providing a great reading experience. And boy does it deliver. It looks and reads great in both landscape and portrait mode too.

The Loop Magazine also brings a compelling mix of content. The latest issue has great articles on music, film, and of course Apple technology.

Stories The Loop Magazine

Here’s an App Store link for The Loop Magazine; it’s a free app and there’s a free issue to get a feel for the title, and subscription options available via In-App purchase.

If you’re after more great iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our free app selections in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Appslist.


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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