By Hootan Mahallati, Mobile Product Manager for TripIt
You know what’s not cool? Blurry iPad apps. You camp out on the sidewalk for eight days to buy an iPad, ecstatically search iTunes for a dedicated iPad version of your favorite iPhone app, and…..your world is shattered; all you see is the iPhone app in the middle of the big, black canvas. Yes, you can enlarge the app to full-screen, but then all you get is maddening blurriness. You turn red with rage, and all of a sudden, you wonder how you can go on.
As a few of you have reminded us with recent releases of the TripIt iPhone app, we’ve been guilty of having a blurry app. Well, we here at TripIt really do listen to what you say, and today we’re delighted to present to you our brand new TripIt iPad app!
Now before you call Mom and weep uncontrollably with joy as you deliver this historic bit of news, let’s have a quick heart-to-heart: this is the first in a series of upcoming releases that will see our iPad app catch up with our other apps in terms of functionality. Rather than wait to give you the big kahuna later on in the year, we thought we’d get this first version in your hands and hear what you think as we prepare the enhancements. Before you know it, a new version will be available with several enhancements, and we plan on keeping them coming. Cool?
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the shiny new app you can use right now.
When you start up the app, you’ll see a mix of the familiar and the new. On the left-hand side, you’ll find the trusty, logical list of your trips that you can quickly scan. Click within a trip though, and a glorious detail page with a crisp, new design greets you. Given the additional space afforded by the iPad, you can accomplish most of your tasks, like sharing your trip or launching directions to an address, with just a few clicks on the details page.
But wait, there’s more! What would a TripIt for iPad app be without huge maps? Cue the music: glance over to the top of the page and you’ll see a “Maps” button. Go ahead, click it. What you’ll see is a map displaying all of your trip plans with stylized pins that you can tap for a quick preview of specific points in your itinerary. While the default view zooms out just enough to show you your entire itinerary, you can swipe and pinch to pan across and zoom in for more detail.
Our iPad app is a universal binary, which is geek-speak for two birds, one stone. In practical terms, this means that if you already have v2.5 of our iPhone app installed on your iPhone and later sync your iPad with iTunes, each device will launch the app designed for it. The reverse is true as well. In summary, install TripIt once wherever you want and the rest is taken care of.
We are all very excited about our first iPad app and hope that you are too. Thank you for your patience as we roll out lots more very soon. As always, please share the joy by tweeting, Facebook-ing, and sending telegrams to your friends. Of course, keep those comments coming!
Oh, and those of you who gave us four stars in iTunes and promised a fifth if we gave you an iPad app, we’re watching!