March 31, 2014 Last Updated 7:44 am

The Washington Post updates iPad app, switching from HTML5 to ‘native framework’

The Washington Post issued a major update to its iPad app switching from a HTML5 digital publishing solution to a ‘iOS native framework’. The update brings the Newsstand app, The Washington Post for iPad, up to version 2.4.0.

WaPo-iPad-updateThe app’s basic design remains the same: the app gives the readers a reformatted version of the paper’s website, as well as the ability to download a replica of the print edition. The replica edition contains links that take the reader, when tapped, to a reformatted version of the story for easier reading.

The goal of the update, according to the app description, is faster loading of article and galleries, and better scrolling. The update also ends the practice of stories being laid out on separate tablet pages – now the reader scrolls for the entire story, as they would do on a web page.
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The updated app also says it delivers better inline media support, as well as delivering higher resolution (retina) images throughout the app including galleries.

Finally, the updated app also delivers smaller files sizes and should be less prone to crashes, especially on iPad’s which still are using iOS 5 and iOS 6.

The iPad’s subscription price remains at $14.99 with the first month free.

The app was originally launched as a stand-alone app, moving into the Apple Newsstand with version 2.0.0 about one year ago. Because of this, the app description still reminds readers that they can find the WaPo app inside the Newsstand. Like many other publishers, the WaPo app has struggled since the launch of iOS 7 – its first update for the new OS was September 27 of last year, and has had to updated eight times since then to deal with bugs. The new, major update, should finally end most problems encountered by readers using the app.