Wikipedia has come out with a major new update to their app for iOS, with a revamped design, new content discovery features, updated navigation and better search. The update also supports iOS 9 features such as universal deep linking, Spotlight search integration, Handoff support, 3D Touch and more.
Wikipedia version 5 makes it easy to find nearby articles along with the usual website like features on its home screen: featured article, popular articles, picture of the day and more. The app also gives recommendations based on your reading history.
If you are using any other app and come across a Wikipedia link, it opens in the app, thanks to universal deep linking in iOS 9. Other iOS 9 integrations include Spotlight search, so you can start a search from the home screen and get results from Wikipedia. Note that this only works for articles you have in your app history. iOS includes the ability to initiate a search using Wikipedia from Spotlight, so you will still have to rely on that for new articles.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users can also take advantage of 3D Touch within the app.
Here is the complete change log from Wikipedia for the app update:
- Explore feed – Content tailored to your interests, surroundings, and featured articles and images. Including:
- Featured article of the day
- Top read articles
- Picture of the day
- Random articles
- Nearby articles
- Recommended articles based on what you’ve read
- Simplified navigation – tap, swipe, and touch to easily move from article to article, save articles for later reading, and never lose your place– now including support for 3D touch gestures.
- Improved search – Find an article in any Wikipedia-supported language. The app now supports emoji search and Spotlight search for saved articles.
The updates, specially deep linking, make Wikipedia a must have app since you can now jump to the app and save articles without using a browser.