Hopefully by now you've already downloaded and are enjoying using the TouchArcade app [Free], if not, you should really get on that. One of the main criticisms following the app's launch was that initially, it was only for the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch. Well, we've been hard at work on making the app universal, and I'd go as far as to say that browsing TouchArcade inside of the app on my iPad is my new favorite way to consume TouchArcade content. It just feels... right.

If you're familiar with the small screen version, the above screenshot will make a lot of sense. We basically took the iPhone version, and gave everything a lot of breathing room. Instead of only seeing the main featured story, you can scroll through all the past featured stories. Similarly, joining the hot games list is a display of our latest reviews, making it super easy to check out all the latest TouchArcade content right from the home screen.

Game listings fill a similarly sized column, much like the existing version. With the universal update, tapping on a hot game will bring up all the details for that game while still being able to easily browse to other games in that list without leaving this screen. The game's details are also much easier to read with much less scrolling.

Portrait mode is also supported, and everything else shifts into place when you turn your iPad. The home screen changes slightly, allowing you to view four featured stories at once in this orientation. Push notifications will come to the iPad as well, and this update even introduces a custom push alert sound. If you normally roll with sound on, you'll know when you're getting a TouchArcade alert with a delightfully retro sounding alert.

We're in the final stages of testing the universal update to the TouchArcade app, so, barring any strange last minute issues it should be available on the App Store inside of the next couple weeks.

If you want to see how it all looks in motion, check out this short video I put together:

All of this is possible thanks to the awesome guys at Flexbits, and Bartelme Design!

  • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

    test

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    Very cool, i'm seriously looking forward to this. 

  • http://twitter.com/breadicus Ryan Eames

    Agree with the post below!

    • yocdub

      You mean above I think?

  • http://twitter.com/breadicus Ryan Eames

    Love the iPhone app, especially the watch list for upcoming games/apps! HOWEVER, not being able to sync between the iPhone and iPad makes one of them useless (read as iPad). I am excited ot see this universal app coming, and can't wait to use it, but please add universal sync support as well, much like AppShopper.

    • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

      Not sure what you mean.  Keeping the same list on an iPhone and iPad?  That works fine.  Just be logged in.

  • doctorded

    ^ditto

  • CkX82

    Good job, dewdz. :-D

  • Optic-9

    Awesome! Can't wait, my iPad doesn't feel complete without my TouchArcade app! Thanks!

  • pocketmego

    The sooner this comes out better. I prefer using the App over the browser, but it needs this update. I'd have been happy just for the portrait mode.

  • unbrokenchain33

    f*ck yeah!

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Wow - it looks like how I want the App Store to look.  Excellent work!

  • gemineye62

    Thanks so much for this awesome app!
    I use touch arcade all the time.
    Great job!

  • mondoz

    Can't wait!

  • IronhideGames

    Great app!

  • dibdib

    My only criticism is accessing Toucharcade on my phone, and being hassled to download an app I don't want _every time_.  Stop trying to shove it down my throat.

    • arn

      There should be a cookie lockout... Email support at toucharcade.com if still a problem

  • Skaidon

    As. HTML5 Developer/Designer, I'm curious about what you guys are rolling with because I'm very impressed with your setup! Your own native app or some good media queries on a web wrapper or something else entirely?

    Nice work!

  • jar0d

    Awesome job guys! (and girls?) ;)
    Can't wait!
    Using the iPhone version every day!!

  • Kannon778

    Please, get rid of that horrendous font. I actually prefer browsing via safari because of the font. What is wrong with the perfect Helvetia Neue?

  • sakara214ever

    Seriously the best forum-app out there. Was expecting nothing less.

  • siege187

    Has the date issue been fixed on News and Reviews - only date I get is 1st January 2011

    • arn

      Go to settings and switch your region/location to another place and back again. That will probably fix it.

  • lildarien

    Please give us an option to turn off unread badge for news items. I really don't care about them and I hate badges when there's nothing of import. Otherwise love the app and prefer using it when browsing the forums.

  • http://strangera.com/ strangera

    Perfect! Can't wait for this one.

  • geoelectric

    Great app, I've found it very useful!

    Seconded on badging kinda sucking when done on unread news items, though. It's disappointing to me that I've had to turn off badging for the app altogether to avoid that, when what I'd really like is to be badged based on watch list items only.

  • Woodlandstar

    Looks great, worth waiting for as it will be perfect, just like the iPhone app.

  • araczynski

    Thanks! finally can use the app :)

  • volkan

    Finally!

  • nizy

    Having used the iPhone version on my iPad all this time I'll be glad for a native iPad version. Up until now I've basically just sent stuff to Instapaper rather than try to read it in the app, and read/post to the forums in Safari. I imagine that will change.

    I've got 2 feature requests though.
    1) On the homepage, you should have a way to distinguish between iPhone, iPad or universal apps, particularly in the icon based lists. Maybe a setting too for those users who only have an iPhone/iPad?
    2) You should have a TA Plays section in the sidebar, just populated with these video posts.

  • omiee

    Great job with the iPhone app. I think you guys are on to something, and could sell this app platform to a lot of other popular blogs. I'd love to read other blogs I read in this format.

  • Clyndon

    I can't wait. This is more Importanz to me than a iPad version for Fieldrunners 2!!!!

  • Quickmix

    Looks amazing :)

  • Greyskull

    For some reason, the app eats my batteries like no other HTML5 browser front-end. Please look into this of you get the chance.