MacDailyNews is pleased to announce the release of version 3.0 of our free MacDailyNews app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch via Apple’s iTunes App Store.
This is no minor update. MacDailyNews 3.0 is all-new, built from the ground up by Empirical Development, a Colorado-based mobile development company that has created quality software since 2004, including work on iOS apps AP Mobile, Rhapsody, Whole Foods Recipes, and many other quality apps. If you need the services of an iOS and Mac development shop, Empirical Development is your answer. MacDailyNews recommended!
MacDailyNews offers our heartfelt thanks to Empirical’s co-founder Kyle Richter, project lead Joe Keeley, and everyone on Empirical’s design and engineering teams for the excellent work they’ve put into crafting this app. Simply put, working with Empirical on this project over the past few months has been a stress-free joy!
Much thanks also to our beta testers who helped us test this app while ensconced in cones of silence. (No leaks, thanks!)
With all-new article features, improved Notifications, easy ways to share, and many new feedback features, our new app is designed to deliver on our raisons d’être: “To scour the Web for articles that interest Apple product users, remark on the content of these articles, provide news about Apple Inc. and their products, and to opine about all things related to Apple. Most importantly, MacDailyNews exists to provide a place for our readers and the Apple community to discuss these daily news items in their own words with real-time feedback.”
We think you’ll appreciate the powerful simplicity of our new app. There’s a lot more than meets the eye.
We were very excited to work on the MacDailyNews project, most of our team members have been long time readers and supporters of the site, and we wanted to see an improved mobile experience ourselves. Partnering with MacDailyNews to bring the new MacDailyNews 3.0 app to the market was a very exciting process for us and we all wanted this mobile app for ourselves, it has earned a permanent place on my device already.
Our user experienced design team was able to redesign the app from the ground up and rethink how mobile content is digested. Particular attention was giving to the threaded comment system to make it readable, rich in content, and presentable on a small screen. The new MacDailyNews app directly integrates with the WordPress API as well as several methods outside of the API to turn the HTML content into rich native content for mobile. – Kyle Richter, Empirical Development co-founder
The new MacDailyNews app offers much improved Push Notifications. When enabled, the MacDailyNews app will notify users when each new article is posted. The new Notifications display each article’s headline. When tapped, these new Notifications will now take you to the exact article within the app. To control the various aspects of notifications (Sounds, Alerts, Badges), on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings > Notification Center > MDN.
Features of MacDailyNews 3.0 include:
– Built for iOS 7 but works well on iOS 6.1 or later
- Quick, up-to-the minute Apple-related news
– Infinite scrolling
- Visited headlines, so you know what you’ve read at a glance
– Push notifications
- All-new, easy-to-read clean design
– Dynamic font resizing
– Supports 4-inch iPhone 5s/5c/5 Retina displays
– All new custom comments
– Complete comment rating system
– New comments display and count
– Pull to refresh articles and comments
– Offline support, including offline comments
– Social media sharing (Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, email, AirDrop)
– Full article display with dynamic Reader Feedback
– Complete poll integration
– Full support for Tags (search by tag words)
– Easy login screen for registered users
– Quick and easy Submit Story feature
We hope you like our new app and use it often. Update or download today!
MacDailyNews Note: 2:00pm EST: If your MDN app icon has a stuck badge count (this comes from updating the old app with a current badge count), quit the MDN 3.0 app (in iOS 7, double tap home button and swipe up on app) and relaunch it. When you click the home button, your MDN icon badge count should be reset. The badge count will also clear out when a new push comes in, as long as the app is open or if the push is “swiped” into. After a day or so the badges should be cleared out for everyone from the old app’s push server.
We sincerely thank all of our app users for their patience. We spent a lot of time planning this new app, finding the right developer, beta testing, etc. We hope you think the new app was worth the wait! (P.S. Don’t forget to give us a review in the App Store!)