November 15, 2013 Last Updated 8:16 am

The Washington Post updates its iPad edition, adds retina support to section fronts

Tablet edition offers a NYT-styled tablet news section, plus access to the print replica

The Washington Post today released an update to its iPad edition, The Washington Post for iPad.

WaPo-iPad-ani3The major change in the app is that now the section fronts will offer retina display support. There were also bug fixes and other performance improvements, according to the app description.

The app remains a bit of hybrid: providing tablet owners with a tablet edition that has a similar look to other newspaper apps such as the NYT’s iPad edition, but also access to replica editions of the print newspaper.

Reader reviews have been mixed because of crashing issues and other performance problems presumably fixed by this and other updates. Overall, there are three very positive ratings for every one very negative one. The issue may be the performance of the app on older machines, but I’m only guessing.

The app is, however, an effective compromise as it offers two of the three possible ways to create a newspapers tablet edition: 1) a replica edition, with or without links, enhancements and text versions of stories; 2) a news reader approach which uses the RSS feeds generated by the newspaper’s website; and 3) a redesigned, native tablet edition, similar to The Daily or magazine apps.