Instapaper 2.2 App En Route for iPad, Screenshots Revealed

The iPad is en route and this may be the first cool thing you’ll buy for it. Instapaper developer Marco Arment is hard at work on Instapaper Pro for the iPad. For those who don’t know, Instapaper [App Store, $4.99] is a simple bookmarking application that takes any piece of content on the web and allows you to save it for later reading. The original iPhone app, according to the developer’s preview, has been reworked into an iPad version to support the iPad’s doubled screen resolution (the iPhone version, per Arment, looking “awful” prior to the conversion).

The end result is Instapaper 2.2, a “universal” version of the app which works on both the iPhone and the iPad (as well as looks good), which Arment has managed to work out via a feature in the newest version of it iPhone OS SDK.

Arment’s preview adds comments such as the fact that he didn’t have a prototype iPad to work with, so he was left without information such as how much RAM he’d have to work with and had to rely on the SDK’s simulator package. Has also added the following comments:

“So I’m doing my best to make the day-one submission deadline. Even if the first version ships with a few edge-case bugs, I’d rather have that on my iPad for a couple of weeks than no Instapaper at all, and many customers have told me that they feel the same way.

This is a risky decision, but I feel that this is the right thing to do for me and my customers, so I’m going for it. If any bugs do crop up in the first version, I appreciate your patience and trust that I’ll fix them quickly. Thank you.”

With a large number of users surveyed who stated that they’d be using the iPad for reading, Instapaper could be one of the first killer apps for Apple’s new device.

Instapaper for the iPhone is available in both a free and commercial version, retails for $4.99 and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.

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