CNN gives its iPhone and iPad app iOS 7 makeover

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

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.

And how does CNN’s latest iPhone and iPad update feel like on iOS 7? How about giving the screenies below a quick look?

Pictured top of post: the new CNN for iPhone experience.

Right below: the iPad interface.

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

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.

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)

Odd design choice: the side-panel navigation button is located in the upper-right, yet the sections get listed in the lefthand menu.

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

No new features in settings.

CNN 2.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

They also have a new Home screen icon.

CNN 2.0 for iOS (app icon, small)

In addition to the iOS 7-friendly look and support for Dynamic Type, CNN version 2.0 includes minor bug fixes.

Grab CNN 2.0 for the iPhone free from the App Store.

The iPad edition, also free, is a separate download.

Both builds require iOS 6 or later.

Hey, CNN, this is 2013 – give us a universal binary!