September 25, 2014 Last Updated 9:40 am

Cooking app developer Culinate updates its app for Joy of Cooking, adding iPhone support

App edition of famous American cookbook now takes into account both iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 models with their larger displays

The cooking app developer Culinate has updated its iPad app for Joy of Cooking, adding iPhone support, as well as support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Joy-iPhone5-W-lgThe app was originally launched in March of this year (see original TNM post which includes screenshots of the tablet app), with the developers choosing to release a book app rather than an eBook. There may have been good reasons for this as publishers are probably more likely to license one of their books as an app rather than as an eBook simply because they want to retain eBook rights themselves. But the choice of creating an app allows for rethinking the original work in app form – and that is certainly true if one attempts to create an app for a smartphone.

As an app built for the tablet, it is easy to redesign the content of a book for the tablet screen. The trick is to rethink the navigation and organization of the book for an app – and Culinate did an excellent job of that.

But what about bring the app to the iPhone? A couple of years ago I would have said that this would be a waste of time, wouldn’t most cooks prefer the larger screen of a tablet or PC? But, as we all know, smartphones are getting bigger (and bigger) and so many cooks will likely be using their phones to search for recipes.

Joy-recipes-lgCulinate’s version 2.0 of Joy of Cooking takes into account the larger iPhone models:

“The app has been tested with and optimized for iOS 8, and includes full support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including high resolution graphics and rendering at the native HD screen sizes,” the app description states.

I currently don’t own an iPhone 6, and am not a fan of larger smartphones. But many others are. In fact, probably more than one might imagine. For instance, I have already told my wife, who just between you and me, is blind as a bat without her reading glasses, that a larger iPhone might be exactly what she needs. She disagrees, stating that she likes to place her iPhone in her pocket. (She then slipped it into her pulse and marched to the car to go somewhere – forgetting her reading glasses, by the way.)

I don’t know what the future will bring, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility that I might be persuaded one day to buy a giant smartphone – after all, I’ve always thought that if my iPad mini could make calls I might travel with it more.

Doesn’t this situation create a dilemma for app designers, though? Should a mobile app for a larger smart phone be designed more like that recently updated app for CNN, where more than one column can be utilized? Maybe. But it should also be remembered that many digital magazines are being released for large tablets that feature only a one-column design. I’ve criticized these digital editions as failing to feature more creative layouts, a feature of print magazines. Designers certainly have tough choices to make now that Apple is making the iPhone larger, while last year making the iPad smaller.

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