One of the first premium news apps for the iPhone worth checking out came from CNN, “the biggest name in news”. The 24/7 news organization released the CNN for iPhone app on the App Store in September 2009.
I immediately fell in love with its sleekness, responsiveness and overall branding. In fact, it was Godsent because CNN’s mobile website was very pedestrian at the time (and still is!)
But that was before Flipboard and a host of other fine apps came along vastly improving on the rather clunky news-reading iOS experience.
The iPad edition followed in October 2010. Soon after, both versions went permanently free as CNN had realized that folks were reluctant to shell 99 cents for the privilege of following the Time Warner-owned network’s software on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.
Pictured top of post: the new CNN for iPhone experience.
Right below: the iPad interface.
Check out the article view below.
Notice how the app honors my Dynamic Type device setting to adjust itself to my preferred font size, as set in iOS Settings > General > Text Size.
Odd design choice: the side-panel navigation button is located in the upper-right, yet the sections get listed in the lefthand menu.
No new features in settings.
They also have a new Home screen icon.
In addition to the iOS 7-friendly look and support for Dynamic Type, CNN version 2.0 includes minor bug fixes.
Both builds require iOS 6 or later.
Hey, CNN, this is 2013 – give us a universal binary!