The ABC Innovations team has been hard at work preparing its iPad specific app to coincide with the Australian launch of the tablet computer, and they invited CNET Australia into the offices at Aunty to work through the sexy new design.
The ABC iPad app will follow in the footsteps of the highly successful iPhone app produced in-house at the ABC, an app which has been downloaded over 720,000 times by Australian iPhone owners. The iPad app will serve a similar function as a tool for aggregating the wealth of ABC content, but the higher-resolution 9.7-inch display demanded a complete overhaul of the user interface, and offers new ways to interact with the content.
The ABC is planning to complete work on the app by early next week, so you can expect the app in store soon after, depending on how quickly Apple approves the submission.
The newly designed home screen launches with more content at the user's fingertips than possible on the iPhone.
The carousel image at the top of the page links to the top stories, and below the film strip shows thumbnails for all the latest articles. Swipe from right to left on the film strip to drag more stories into view.
If you choose to stream live radio or listen to a podcast within the app, a player will open discreetly at the bottom of the screen. This way, you can continue reading the news while listening uninterrupted.