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We could tell you that this app update brings support for iPhone X and Smart Invert Colors. Or we could just rewrite a poem about it...
Twas the night before the iDB app update, when all through the App Store,
Not a bug was stirring, not even an error.
iPhone X support was brought to the app with care,
In hopes that iDB readers' screens soon would glare.
The readers were perusing the news in their beds,
While visions of dark mode danced in their heads.
And all iDB fans, without further ado,
Had just settled their brains for a five-star review.
Ratings and Reviews
Good news source, awful app
This review is definitively a bad one, but don’t get me wrong. As a news source, iDownloadBlog is superb. However, their UI/UX designing skills are precisely the opposite.
This app has some kind of “Tinder for news”-style interface to it, and it’s terrible. It’s clunky to work with, and you can only see a single headline at a time without having to do another dramatic, cross-screen swipe. Once you find an article you wanna read, the card idiom makes you think you’re supposed to swipe up to actually open the article, but nope. It’s actually a tap. Then, once you’re done reading the article, you’d expect to swipe in the one place it truly makes sense: a from-left pan to go back to the last screen to change articles. This is the same swipe you do in most other master-detail apps on iOS, including iDB’s own website when you open it in Safari.
Overall, it seems the only good way to read iDB anymore is via their webpage, instead of their desktop site or their iOS app. The solid-but-not-great mobile web experience has far more readable articles than their desktop site (where the whole page is in italics), and *way* better than their iOS app, which leaves you frustrated with a sore thumb. iDB remains a solid news source about Apple and jailbreaking, but their UI/UX designer needs to be fired.
Developer Response ,
Hello. I am sorry the iDB app UI/UX is not to your liking. Admittedly, this is something we did very much on purpose. Some people love it, some hate it. I just want to clarify that when you are reading an article in the app, you can indeed swipe right from the left edge of the screen to go back to the main view.
As for the desktop version showing all in italic, I assume it is a local issue on your computer, as there is no use of italic on the site. If you have browser extensions, I'd look there first for a possible fix for this issue.
Although this wasn't a review we enjoy reading, we do enjoy the feedback. I want to thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review.
This app is on my home screen!
I enjoy Sebastien Page and the & everyone involved with the IDB Team. I am currently a > 1 1/2 year subscriber of this app and also their weekly podcast called: Let’s Talk IOS. These sources of information feed my fix for Apple related news so that I am not behind the curve when use breaks out.
Now about this app, I find this to be accessible for individuals using voiceover as there are no issues to speak about in this current version. So keep up the great job with your app and Apple coverage in which you will have a loyal fan.
It would be fine if the ad’s weren’t full screen
Only reason I go to the website instead of using the app is because the ads are full screen and interrupt the experience. If I ever want to look at info on two different posts I have to swipe forward and back constantly and am always bombarded with full screen ads.
As an alternative revenue stream maybe consider putting more effort into getting companies to sponsor you and advertising in your content... advertising doesn’t have to be intrusive... that just pisses people off.
- Sebastien Page
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- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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