iPad mini Developer optimization for iPad mini?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by FrancoRumors, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. FrancoRumors macrumors 6502


    Jul 23, 2010
    The New York Times updated their app today for the iPad mini's smaller screen, has anyone been able to check this out? Will developers modifying their apps to strattle the screen size between the two models help to alleviate some (not all) of the issues people have had with text size and usability.? Just looking for some opinions of people who can compare the new app with the old on the mini. Thanks.
  2. chleuasme macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
    Very interesting ... also in line for feedback.
    Changes affect both iPad sizes, or did they differentiate them?
    Screen caps welcome (9.7" + 7.9" portrait/landscape for comparison) :)
  3. ctcampbell macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Developers can target the mini specifically so they could in theory give you a whole different UI optimised for the smaller screen.
  4. FrancoRumors, Nov 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012

    FrancoRumors thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 23, 2010
    Does anyone have any before and after shots of the NYT app? That would be interesting to see.
  5. Mikhailov macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    I don't know that I like this. The point of the mini resolution is to get full iPad apps on a smaller screen. Seems pointless to optimize the app because it creates fragmentation.
  6. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I thought the mini is optimized to run ipad 2 apps
  7. 8a22a macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    Yorkshire, UK
    Flipboard is supposed to be optimized for iPad mini as well.
  8. Dragonomicon macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2007
    They increased the default size of the fonts on the various section screens -- the update made a substantive difference in the way the app feels. The text under a given article (the synopsis) was quite faint prior to the update. Now it's quite clear, but an obvious side effect is that there is less room for article detail.

    It's a fair tradeoff and works well.
  9. syd430 Guest

    What I really want to know is if the optimisations in this app made its way through to the 9.7" iPads as well.

    I don't use this app, but I want to know if I should expect all my apps for my ipad 4 to be slowly devoured thanks to the Mini
  10. Dragonomicon macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2007
    No, the standard ipad app was not effected in the same way.
  11. chleuasme macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
    Let's now see if it becomes a trend or necessity among iPad apps.
    Maybe it's time to /UP/ that old thread.
  12. FrancoRumors thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 23, 2010
    Bump - - pushing for screenshots showing comparison if anyone has it.
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I don't own the app but I've read they just increased the font size within the articles.

    I did the same thing in the Huffington Post app. I increased the font size by a few points in the app's settings. Increases readability nicely. I'd hardly call this fragmentation though since a simple in-app preference to change font size is all that's needed (and likely already exists in many).
  14. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The NYTimes app has always had an option to change font size. So why was this necessary?

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