New ABC News iPad App: Five Things You Need To Know

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Today ABC News released a brand new iPad App. (You can download it right here.) The spinning globe has been replaced with a brand new interface, which changes based on the time of day. There's lots of information about the entirely new app here, but you won't want to miss this short guide before you launch it on your iPad.

Different Editions

Time is Everything

What you see and how you see it depends on what time it is on your watch or your iPad's clock. There are three editions or layouts -- the Morning, Midday, and Primetime Editions. The app reads the time on your iPad and then determines which edition is delivered to your iPad. The morning edition feeds you one main story, has a list of headlines, and includes a "5 Things To Know This Morning" article by "Good Morning America's" Josh Elliott. The Primetime edition focuses on video, with a video carousel up top and other articles and videos below.

Local Weather Displayed

PHOTO: ABC News' new iPad app shows your local weather.
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Place is Also Everything

In addition to the time, the app knows where you are. Well, not exactly where you are but what city you are in. The homescreen displays the current weather and location, and when you get into the app a weather widget along the top displays the current temperature. Tap it and you can see the hourly or three-day forecast.

In addition to the weather, all eight ABC owned television stations will offer customized editions with regional news headlines, weather, and traffic reports. Also the main homescreen will show a local image. The KABC-TV Los Angeles iPad app will launch today. WABC-TV in New York, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, KTRK-TV in Houston, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV in Fresno are scheduled to release their own apps in the next few weeks.

Natural Gestures

Swipe Left and Right

Tap the sections button in the upper right corner and you can tailor your news experience by going to ABC News' International, Technology, Travel, and other sections. Once you are in those sections and you're reading an article, you can swipe left or right to get to the next article.

Popular News

PHOTO: ABC News' revamped iPad app adapts to the time of day; it has Morning, Midday, and Primetime editions.
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Top Trending

In each edition there is a Top Trending section. That section isn't just based on how many people are clicking on that article in the ABC News app or on ABCNews.com. It is based on social shares, including retweets on Twitter and Likes on Facebook.

Beautiful Photos

Slideshows

There are plenty of videos and articles in the app, but there's also a neat way to look at all our slideshows. Tap the sections button and then select "Photos." You can swipe between the photos or tap on a thumbnail below to jump to another photo.

One last thing you'll also find in that Sections menu — the feedback area. We are always looking to improve the app and we encourage you to leave us feedback and comments through that feedback form. The new app is can be downloaded from Apple's App Store.

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