Marco Arment previews Instapaper for the iPad

Mon, Mar 29, 2010


Marco Arment is the developer behind Instapaper, a nifty and useful iPhone app that enables users to download online content and read it offline (if need be) at a later date. Instapaper is a great way to save articles for later reading when you’re in skimming mode, and is a lifesaver if you happen to have an iPod Touch temporarily running on a wi-fi network.

Seeing as how the iPad will provide a more enjoyable reading experience, and seeing as how the wi-fi model will presumably the more popular model, Instapaper on the iPad makes a whole lot of sense.

That being the case, Arment recently previewed what we can expect to see on the iPad version of Instapaper. Notably, there will only be one version of the app which means “that you only have to buy Instapaper Pro once to have it on both devices.”

Here are some screenshots below.

And landscape view below…

It’s also worth pointing out that Arment tested Instapaper on the iPad simulator found within the iPhone SDK and found that the pixel-doubled version of the app was absolutely atrocious.

It sucked, and it was completely unusable by my standards. I don’t think I’ll want to run any pixel-doubled apps on my iPad in practice.

As far as I’m concerned, Instapaper isn’t really available on the iPad until it’s native. (This also influenced my decision to make it a universal iPhone/iPad app: I don’t want anyone subjecting themselves to the iPhone edition in pixel-doubled mode.)

Duly noted.



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