Earlier in the year, we released a major redesign for all of the 9to5 sites and we continue to roll out improvements to this design. However, we’ve also been working on something else for 9to5Mac … today we are releasing the 9to5Mac app for iPhone and iPad. As a complement to the website, you can now read our latest stories directly from your Home screen.
Download the app from the App Store for free right now. The app runs on iPhone and iPad with custom layouts for the respective screen sizes. It’s the essence of our website, the news stories, reflowed into a format that’s optimized for iOS.
We love the website, but the app allows us to offer you many additional features to further the 9to5Mac experience for our readers. You can subscribe to breaking news notifications, jump into Dark Mode for late night reading and add our latest headlines to the Today view with the included widget. More details after the break …
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The app is universal, so it looks great on iPhone and iPad screens. You can scroll the feed to see headlines and just tap into posts when you want to see more. The app respects system text size, so it should match up with your personal reading preferences. You can even go landscape on an iPhone to get a split-view of the post list and stories. Tap on the left hand column to quickly skim through the news. You can also read the post comments, with threaded replies, directly inline without leaving the app experience.
I’ve been working on this project for 9to5Mac for several months; there are some nice touches. While I’ll spare the technical details for my own blog (I’m available for iOS development work), be sure to check out the beautiful parallax imagery and the pull-to-refresh UI. I love it.
There’s a lot more in the pipeline too: the next update will include support for iOS 9’s split-screen multitasking on iPad as well as 3D Touch Peek and Pop integration for article and link previews. There’s crossover with the website for sure but stuff like this just isn’t feasible in a browser … and it’s also true that a lot of people just love the app experience. We purposefully don’t force you down one particular path, so you can choose to use the website however you please, perhaps solely as a breaking news notifications source.
Check out the app right now on the App Store and we very much appreciate your feedback. This is version 1.0 of a fantastic vision for getting the best Apple news reporting on iOS.