October 14, 2014 Last Updated 2:28 pm

Washington Post issues iOS 8 related update for iPad app after 4 weeks of user complaints

The Apple Newsstand app for The Washington Post was getting hammered from users prior to the release of iOS 8, but since that release reviews have gotten even worse. Today the newspaper, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, finally updated its Apple Newsstand app to fix the bugs.

WaPo-iPad-update-10-14Prior to the release of iOS 8 on September 17, the most recent update for The Washington Post for iPad had occurred on August 1. With all the iOS 8 related updates for media apps that have been released since iOS 8 was launched it was easy to miss the fact that the Post was not among those released (their iPhone app was, however).

But right from the start readers started to write reviews complaining about crashes, long delays with story loads, etc. Strangely, I can not see what the complaints are about as the app still seems to be performing fine for me.

The Post’s iPad app combines a reformatted version of its website, with a way to download replicas of the newspaper. It is hardly a progressive newspaper app, but it does deliver the news.

Readers, though, were livid.

The update, while released later than many other major media outlets, may sooth reader’s anger:

What’s New in Version 2.7.0
Performance improvements:
– Changes to allow sections to download faster
– Fixes for a bug where Columns or Comics in bottom menu wouldn’t update automatically
– Patches for most common crashes
– Improvements to reduce app’s disk space usage
– A redesigned native video player for PostTV

New for iOS 8:
– Notification Center widget — Take a quick look at the day’s headlines right in your Today View.
– Interactive push alerts — With one tap, you’ll soon be able to save an article to My Post for easy access later. Watch for these in the coming days.
– Better overall compatibility with iOS 8

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