Several companies unveiled new iPad apps this week, much to the delight of iPad-toting journalism geeks everywhere. Here are three new apps for e-reading enthusiasts to try out.
1. Facebook for iPad
It took a year and a half, but Facebook finally released an official iPad app, allowing tablet users an alternative to browser surfing or third party apps. The interface is sleek and simple, with all of the top clickable options neatly stacked in a lefthand sidebar. Like Facebook in a browser, the News Feed takes up the majority of the app, showing you live updates from your friends. As Fortune writes, “The new look isn’t very flashy, but it’s clean and works extremely well. Where the smartphone apps emphasize text for on-the-go consumption, the iPad app leverages the iPad’s larger screen and highlights photos and videos beautifully.”
2. Engadget Distro
AOL tech property Engadget has hopped onto the iPad bandwagon with a weekly tablet magazine boasting interactive features and high-level summaries of the week’s tech news. Engadget’s PR team tells 10,000 Words that the app includes “an introductory editor’s newsletter highlighting the news of the week, a non-linear, click-through table of contents to take you straight to the stories you want to read most, and exclusive event recap coverage for major industry shows and current events.”
3. The Guardian: iPad edition
The slogan for U.K. paper The Guardian’s newly launched iPad app puts it simply: “Today’s paper, beautifully delivered.” While the content is mostly comprised of The Guardian’s printed stories repurposed for tablet format, the multimedia components make reading The Guardian on the iPad just plain enjoyable. In a video describing the app, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media says, “We’re not going to be scrambling to update it every minute or every hour. We will do that on the browser… but this is going to be a different kind of read. It’s going to be a bit more reflective.”
All three apps are available via the iTunes app store.
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