Redesigned 'Wikipedia' iOS App Brings 3D Touch, Handoff Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Wikipedia yesterday released a major update to its iOS app, offering an all-new interface and several new features designed to enhance content discovery.

    Wikipedia Mobile 5.0 brings several optimizations to devices running iOS 9, featuring Spotlight Search integration, Handoff support, and 3D Touch enhancements for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus users.


    Previous updates to the app added features like offline access and mobile editing, but with the latest version Wikipedia has changed tack by aiming to make navigation simpler and developing an interface that's more focused on personalization and tailored content.

    The Explore feed now populates based on previous interests, local surroundings, and featured articles and images, with support for navigating using a wider range of multi-touch gestures.

    3D Touch support has also been extended to the Wikipedia icon, with Quick Actions like "Random article" and "Nearby articles" accessible from the home screen.

    Wikipedia Mobile for iPhone and iPad is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Redesigned 'Wikipedia' iOS App Brings 3D Touch, Handoff Support
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    wonder how annoying it's going to be when they ask for money again.
  3. Evan Davis macrumors newbie

    Evan Davis

    Feb 25, 2016
    La Linea, Spain
    Clicking a Wikipedia link in Safari now opens the app
  4. SBlue1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2008
    There is an app for Wikipedia? Why should I use it instead of the website?
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    2013.1 macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2014
  6. ILikeAllOS macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    Great but it would be better to redesign their site instead, especially on the desktop.
    Wikipedia's design is too noisy/cluttered.
  7. orbital~debris macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    There's also a nice new Wikipedia app called Viki. I bought it a couple of days ago (only 79p) and it's very nicely designed with some thoughtful features. The article map with ribbons is particularly nice.
    Worth checking out - I think Apple have featured it as 'Editor's Choice' in the App Store at the moment.
  8. SpasticPat macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2011
    Apollo, Pa
  9. VanillaCracker macrumors 68000


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Looks prettier
  10. michaelant macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2006
    Seems like it looks nice, but if there's no text search on articles, that's a nonstarter for me. Wikipanion works well for my use.
  11. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
  12. l00pback macrumors regular


    May 28, 2010
    Nobody is saying you should. It's personal preference. Try it out, see for yourself if you like it better than using the website. One advantage the app offers that the website doesn't is the ability to locally save articles to read later. Whether or not that's important to you, well, that's up to you.
  13. manu chao macrumors 601

    Jul 30, 2003
    See it as a way to deal with too many open tabs in Safari (particularly on the iPhone) and a quicker way to get to Wikipedia. With Safari, one would start with:
    1. Tap the Safari icon, then
    2. Tap the tabs icon (possibly first activate the bottom bar), then
    3. Tap the + icon, then
    4. Tap the Wikipedia favourite icon (if one has Wikipedia as one of the first 20 favourite icons)
    With a separate Wikipedia app this reduces to one step:
    1. Tap the Wikipedia icon
  14. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    There's nothing wrong with the website. The benefit of using a client for me is having the list of things I've looked at in the past that is more visual (and lets me save stuff for later so I don't have to pile it with other stuff in my Reading List). That might not be valuable for someone that doesn't use Wikipedia constantly though.

    Saying that, I've played with it for 30 minutes now and don't like it in comparison to Curiosity/Inquire (Heard about Viki, but too late now). They waste a lot of space with the cropped images, and most of the pages they're recommending to me aren't relevant at all. IMO, the Saved tab would be better if it was more like the History one too. But that's why we have choice.
  15. Peeetski macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2014
    Way better than ads though man.
  16. therockyroad macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Me too. I wonder how this App compares.
  17. kds1 Suspended


    Feb 17, 2013
    New York, New York
    Wikipanion is really poor at displaying images, tables, and some of the pages slide around while others do not. It's really annoying when they slide like that.
  18. SpasticPat macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2011
    Apollo, Pa
    I downloaded the Wikipedia app and I really like it. It is actually much better than Wikipanion I think. I like the history tab and that it suggests articles for me based off what I've read previously. Plus the 3D Touch is a nice feature
  19. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Good to know. Will definitely not be installing the app now.
  20. farewelwilliams macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    not really, adblockplus didn't catch the banner asking for money. (talking about the web)

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