Instapaper 5.0 and iOS 7 Features

Instapaper 5.0 was released today with an iOS 7 inspired design.

Federico Viticci provides a great review as always.

To my surprise, Instapaper 5.0 doesn’t implement the new background app refresh feature of iOS 7, as it still relies on a location workaround that Arment implemented last year. According to Betaworks, they’re waiting for user adoption of iOS 7 to increase before adding iOS 7-specific features, but I still think that, like other apps on the App Store this week, they could have supported background app refresh while still keeping a version of the app for iOS 5 and iOS 6 users. Once you’ve experienced the convenience of background app refresh, it’ll be hard to justify its absence in Instapaper 5.0, and I hope that Betaworks will add it as soon as possible.

According to Betaworks (owner of Instapaper) employee Lexi Lewtan, an update with iOS 7 specific features is coming in a month or so. They just wanted to have something ready for the launch day of iOS 7. They have also localized the app in 13 languages. As Marco Arment said, that is a huge undertaking.