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Instapaper’s iPad Update is a Massive Improvement

I’ve made no qualms about the fact that one of my most-used iPad apps is Instapaper. It’s been on my iPad since the first day I got one, making a meaningful difference in my day-to-day life that helps me be more efficient. Thanks to Instapaper, I’m saving anything and everything I find on the Web that I want to “read later.”

That being said, before today’s update for Instapaper to reflect some of the changes made to the iPhone design, the app has been lacking next to some of its colleagues. Today’s update changes a lot of that. Does it make the app better for longtime users on iOS 7? Read on to find out.

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Pincase: The Most Beautiful iOS 7 Pinboard App

I love Pinboard. Until not long ago, I was doubting whether or not I thought it would be a valuable purchase, but holy cow, do I love Pinboard. My problem is finding an iOS app that I really like using Pinboard with — one that meets high standards in design and functionality. It has to work and do most of what I need it to, but it also has to look stunning. Whether or not that makes me shallow is trivial — nobody wants to use ugly apps.

Until recently, none of the apps I’d seen or tried — and even some of the heavily-endorsed apps like Pushpin — are aesthetically pleasing to me. On iOS 7, all of them seem too textured or too heavy for my liking. That’s why I was insanely excited about Pincase — a Pinboard app exclusively for the new iOS. Read on to find out if Pincase can be your new Pinboard home.

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Pocket Goes iOS 7

I’ve been an Instapaper devotee for a while. When people talk about their “workflows,” Instapaper is a vital part of mine. There’s a few things I really like about it (especially its business model, but I won’t get political). That being said, iOS 7 is bringing about a sea of change. Between that massive update and Betaworks’ acquisition of Instapaper, I was curious about the other offerings.

Although I know that there’s an update to Instapaper for iPhone that’s pretty nice and a bigger update for iPad coming, Pocket beat them to the market. With the newest updates to Pocket, the app is now built for iOS 7 and comes complete with all the new technologies that the update enables. Read on to find out what I think.

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Prickle is a Beautiful Pinboard App Without the Functionality

Recently, I got myself a Pinboard account to start saving articles that were important to me for archival purchases. At about $10 a pop, it’s not too expensive and it seemed like it was an easy cross-platform way to get access to web articles that are important to me.

That being said, I really wanted to find a way to access these articles on my devices. Pinboard’s great, but the website doesn’t look fantastic on mobile devices — even iPads — and I wanted a Pinboard app with a great interface. This is why I decided to give Prickle a shot. It’s got one of the most beautiful interfaces I’ve ever seen for a Pinboard app. Read on to find out if it’s worth your hard-earned cash.

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Citations Go Social with Quote.FM

Don’t you often discuss articles or quotes you read with friends, family and colleagues? Wouldn’t it be great if you could share what you read with them directly from your iPad?

Thanks to Quote.FM, you can post interesting quotes and articles for followers and others to browse, comment and like. You can also see what others are sharing, discover new citations and even meet new people based on topics you like and discuss together.
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At $4.99, Articles is by far the most expensive Wikipedia option in the App Store. I approached it with a little bit of trepidation and a lot of doubt, wondering why on earth I would want to spend that kind of money on what’s basically a Wikipedia app. Up until this point, like many people I’m sure, I was using Wikipanion for my Wikipedia needs, which is great but I think that Articles is way better.

Articles is more or less a special interface for Wikipedia articles. The interface espouses a different philosophy than its competition. Articles is meant for long-form reading and learning, and it feels to me like the Instapaper or Pocket of Wikipedia. I’ve been looking for an app like this – one that treats Wikipedia like a real encyclopedia that should be read and enjoyed. And this app more than does the trick.

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Three services dominate the read later category. They are Instapaper, Read It Later, and Readability. Instapaper and Read It Later have been around the longest but Readability has been gaining a lot of transaction ever since the service was released last year and re-branded with a free service this year. I have mostly been an Instapaper user over the last couple of years but have looked at Read It Later every so often, and I wanted to take a look at all three services to determine if I still am happy with Instapaper as my read it later app of choice!

Read later services take articles, content, and websites, and let you save items in a queue for you to read later. The services will strip out all of the ads and weird formatting to leave you with just text. Instapaper and Read It Later download these articles to your iPad so you can read them offline as well.

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Instapaper has gotten more than its share of love over here on iPad.AppStorm. Consistently rated among the most useful apps and best-of lists, Instapaper is an app and service that has made reading anything you find on the web a joy again.

With version 4.0, Instapaper has gone through some serious changes. The iPad version has changed the most of all, sporting a brand-new interface that utilizes all of the iPad’s large display.

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