Dedicated to connecting users with ABC News’ reporting anytime and anywhere, in its first five days the ABC News app for the Apple iPad was downloaded more than 140,900 times since it launched on July 21st.
The new application takes full advantage of the form and functionality of the iPad, using as the principal navigation tool a unique interactive three dimensional globe on which news stories appear. With the unique three dimensional interface, users can spin the ABC News globe by touching the face of the iPad and then can choose the stories of most interest to them (ABC News iPad Demo Video). Users are able to define the sorts of stories that populate their ABC News globe on the iPad, from politics, health, entertainment, and more. ABC News’ library of archival footage is available as an option for users to explore “This Month in History.” They are also able to set up their globe to include stories from “Good Morning America, “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week.” Users can select stories to be bookmarked and viewed later. And, they are able to share the stories they select with friends through Facebook, Twitter, or email.
The ABCNEWS.com site is also now optimized in HTML5 and is available on the iPad with full functionality for all features, including video.