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Instapaper for iPad

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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 18, 2011
  • Price:
    Purchase; iTunes account required.; $4.99 to buy
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Editors' Review


Offering a variety of features that go beyond mere webpage saving, Instapaper for iOS helps you quickly save the online content you want to view or read for offline reading.


Customizable: Instapaper for iOS comes with brightness control and a dark mode that are helpful when reading content in dark areas. You can also easily change the font style, size, and even spacing.

Automatic syncing of Highlights: All the texts you highlight are automatically saved in your other mobile devices. Highlights are quickly created by selecting texts and choosing the "Highlight" option.

Built-in Web browser and more: The app has its own browsing capability for previewing links, so you don't have to open another app. It also offers additional features such as the ability to view articles shared by other Instapaper users on social media. Additionally, you can create an Instapaper account through the app, without having to open a Web browser.


Costly subscription-based functions: The app adds four more functions if you pay for a subscription: the ability to "send to Kindle," full text article search, the use of third-party apps, and an ambiguous "additional functionality on the Instapaper Web site." To emphasize, you need to pay just to do a text search for articles, as this is disappointingly not a core function of the app. Worse, subscriptions are only for definite periods, quarterly, semi-annually, or yearly.

Limited number of articles saved on a device: The app allows only up to 500 articles to be saved on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. This somewhat compels you to pay for the subscription since there are no limits on the number of articles saved on your account on the Instapaper website.

Bottom Line

If you are only interested in saving a webpage for later offline viewing, iOS 7 Safari already has the solution you need -- you just have to tap on the "Share" button on Safari to find the "Add to Reading List" button next to "Bookmark." Consider Instapaper only if you need more advanced features.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0
- Completely redesigned iPad list interface as a grid with sidebar- Redesigned iPhone interface with a black-and-white theme- Multi-select articles in list to archive, delete, or move in bulk- Search Subscription: the $1/month Subscription from the Instapaper website is now available in the app via In-App Purchase. It's called Search Subscription, and it adds server-side searching of the *full contents* of every article you've ever saved. This replaces the old downloaded-articles-only search in the app.- Archive and Delete now peacefully coexist everywhere- App Directory (in Settings) lists apps that integrate with Instapaper- Hardware brightness control in iOS 5 (brightness now also available on iPhone)- Draggable scrollbar for quickly jumping through documents- Article authors, published dates, and site titles are now displayed when available (availability will increase over time)- "Friends" section can now browse all recent links posted in your Facebook news feed, Twitter timeline, and Tumblr Dashboard- "Editors" is now fully intergrated and sourced exclusively from Give Me Something To Read- New settings to customize number of Liked/Archive articles stored on device- Wikipedia lookups added to newly redesigned "Define" popups- Footnotes are converted to inline "..." buttons that display in popovers- [iPhone] Option to hide the status bar while reading (hidden by default)- [iPhone] Redesigned font (A) panel to be like iPad's- [iPhone] Redesigned Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinboard, Evernote share forms- YouTube URLs now open in the system's YouTube app- New option to use Apple's dictionary under iOS 5- Minor improvements to the in-article styling- Smoother tilt scrolling that works well in all orientations- New icon- Added Tweetbot and The Hit List to Share panel- When updating, the entire table no longer reloads after each article downloads. It now just reloads once after the main update request, showing all (even un-downloaded) articles, and they enable themselves as they get downloaded.
Publisher Marco Arment
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Release Date August 21, 2008
Date Added October 18, 2011
Version 4.0
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with . iTunes account required.
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File Size Not Available
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Total Downloads 131
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $4.99
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