Flipboard gets a major update

Flipboard, the phenomenally popular magazine style news aggregation app, has just received a major refresh today. The 'social magazine' app has set new standards for app design in iOS, and has been aped by the likes of LinkedIn and Google Currents in some form or another.


Flipboard's innovative design and phenomenal ease of use has earned it countless accolades since its launch - key among them are being named "Apple's iPad App of the Year, one of TIME's Top 50 Innovations, the top social app at the 2012 Webby Awards, the Brit Insurance Interactive Design of the Year". 

Version 1.9 of Flipboard has made the app move beyond simply swiping past (admittedly gorgeous) panes of photos and text from Facebook and Twitter. There's an audio section now to let users listen to tunes from SoundCloud, and podcast content from the likes of NPR. 

Apple's VoiceOver feature has been integrated into the app as well, making it a lot easier to use for the visually impaired, as it offers a reading-free way of going through articles now. 

The official changelog in the App Store is as follows:

What's New in Version 1.9★ Connect Flipboard to SoundCloud and enjoy amazing sounds created and shared by your friends and people you follow.
★ Explore dozens of recommended audio feeds in new Audio category in the Content Guide.
★ Accessibility for visually impaired people. Apple's VoiceOver helps users navigate Flipboard and listen to articles.
★ Fully localized Japanese edition of Flipboard.
★ Use Readability to save articles to read later.
★ View related sections for social networks (new on iPhone). For example, tap on the "Twitter" section title to view
sections like "Your Tweets,” "Your Favorites" and "Tweets Mentioning You.”


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