The New Yorker Magazine iPad edition, one of the leading iPad magazine titles, has been updated to support the new iPad’s retina display.
Retina support starts with the April 23 issue of The New Yorker for the iPad (available as of yesterday, April 16).
I’ve only taken a very quick look at the new issue, so I won’t offer any thoughts on how sharp it looks with the new retina support. I do want to note that it appears that issues sizes may not be drastically larger (as feared) with support for the retina display. I did a quick check of the April 9 issue size and it weighed in at 137MB. The new April 23 issue is 152MB – hardly a substantial increase.
I’m guessing the issue size bump-up may be smaller for The New Yorker due to the fact it’s not a photo-heavy, or even very image-heavy, title (apart from ads).
For any of you who have The New Yorker on the new iPad, what are your thoughts on the new issue and retina support?
Facebook for iPad (and iOS) has been updated today, to Version 4.1.1.
The update has a number of fixes and enhancements, but the headline new feature for new iPad owners is this one:
If you’ve got a new Retina iPad, you’ll see a crisp, high resolution interface
Here’s the remainder of the new version’s changelist:
– You can go offline in chat
– The right profile picture appears for everyone
– Your list of friends always includes all your friends
– In sets of photos, your name is displayed correctly
– Photos of people who like Facebook Pages load correctly
– Your friend-request notification only lights up if you have a request
– You can change your language to Czech, Danish, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese (Portugal) or Thai
I find the timing of this update a little ironic. The Facebook iPad app adds retina support on the same day I posted about Google+’s lack of an iPad app, or even flippin’ landscape mode support.
Anyway, Facebook iPad app users – what do you think of this retina display update?
iPad app updates for the new iPad’s retina display are still coming along at a steady pace this week. The ‘Great Apps for the New iPad’ App Store section has now got 70 apps listed in it, up from around 42 last week.
This week I’ve seen retina display updates for several notable iPad apps, including:
— The Weather Channel
— Screens VNC (shown above)
— OmniFocus (for the second time – this time the change list detail says ‘improves support for iPads with retina displays’)
— Fotopedia Heritage
I’m surprised that the pace of these updates is not increasing a little by now. 70 is a drop in the bucket considering the over 200,000 total iPad apps.
Which retina-updated app have you been most impressed with so far?
WIRED Magazine for iPad has been updated yesterday, to Version 3.7. The single, headline change in this update is support for the new iPad’s retina display – starting with the April 2012 issue.
So the good news here is of course that one of the best iPad magazine titles now supports the incredible new retina display. I downloaded the April issue earlier and it looks better than ever. Wired is one of my favorite iPad magazines, and one of the very few I subscribe to, so it’s great to see it updated for the retina display.
The not so good news is that just as expected, the issue size for the new issue with retina support has grown quite a lot. The March Issue of Wired on the iPad weighed in at 366MB. The April issue, the first with retina support, is 533MB. That’s a pretty substantial increase – especially as Wired issue sizes had come down a bit last year from their early enormous sizes. Now they’re going in the opposite direction again.
I hope that the publishers of Wired and other iPad magazine and newspaper titles are working hard at not just adding retina support but also finding ways to control and reduce their issue sizes. It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out in coming months.
Here’s a little extra good news about apps and the new iPad’s lovely new retina display: even iPhone apps (those that are retina apps) now look miles better on the iPad.
I don’t have too many iPhone apps on my iPad, but there are a small handful – including Google+ (shown above) and Quora and a few others. These are now using their retina version in both 1X and 2X mode on the iPad and they’re looking much sharper of course.
Now if Google+ would just bring out a proper iPad version so I can use it in landscape mode too I’d be a happier camper.
Hat tip to everythingiCafe forum member Tinman for starting a thread on this.