The Daily – the first iPad-only newspaper title – has had another minor update, its second of this week. Version 1.0.2 is once again all about fixes and performance improvement, with these changes noted:
• Better performance and stability
• Crisper swiping between articles
• Various bug fixes
• Twitter sign-in for sharing is fixed
• Smoother opening experience
• Improvements to carousel rotation
I’ve not been shy in criticizing The Daily for a number of major faults in its early days, so it seems only fair to mention that this latest update does seem to have improved the app a bit. The app is loading new issues (and just content updates) a bit faster. Still not fast enough, but better than before. It is now, sensibly, loading the main navigation carousel and some content elements first, and then continuing to download in the background.
I’ve even seen a little status wheel at the top left of the screen (by The Daily logo) showing the percentage downloaded at times:
The carousel for navigation also feels considerably smoother now, which is a good thing.
The app still has a long, long way to go though. The carousel still gets jerky at times, pages still load slowly at times, moving from page to page is still too slow and jerky, and the app still miserably fails to remember where you left off reading.
Today, the app threw a huge running banner across the main page showing the breaking news on Mubarak finally stepping down. It’s disappointing that they did not send a notification on this, as both the CNN and New York Times apps did.
For those of you who have stuck with The Daily, how are you finding it after this week’s updates?