Flipboard, the popular iPad app that transforms your social networking feeds into a sleek magazine, is now available for the iPhone. The app has been redesigned to suit the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display as well as a new Cover Stories feature that learns the user's favorite topics and brings relevant stories to the main app screen.
Flipboard connects a user's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Thumblr, Instagram, Google Reader, Flickr or 500px accounts and displays the latest updates in a magazine-like format. In time, the source selection in Flipboard has grown, with major publishers offering specially formatted articles and advertisements in the app, while if more than one person uses the iPad, each user can have their own Flipboard account.
What’s new in Flipboard for the iPhone
The new iPhone version of Flipboard looks a lot like its iPad sibling, but there is one main adaptation for the 3.5-inch display; unlike the iPad version, where the user's flip pages horizontally like a magazine, the iPhone version uses vertical page flips. The vertical page flips are great for one-handed use, as the user just scrolls through pages with their thumb. This is quite a difference from the iPad app, which is better suited for browsing with the index finger.
Debuting with the Flipboard’s iPhone app is also a feature called Cover Stories, which comes from all the titles the user has subscribed to within the app, including social networks. As they start to add sources into Flipboard, story highlights will appear in this first screen when they open the app. Cover Stories will learn which stories are of interest to them in time, and if they want to mute a specific source from it, they can do so by tapping a source’s avatar and then the head button. Cover Stories is exclusive to Flipboard for iPhone right now, but it should make its way to the iPad version “in the near future.”
If a user has a lot of accounts and settings stored on your iPad’s Flipboard app, they will be able to transfer all their preferences to the iPhone app by simply logging in with their Flipboard account.