Readability has given its iOS reading app its most significant update yet, taking the application to version 1.1. The update brings with it two new article discovery methods: first is Top Reads, a list curated by Readability to highlight the most popular articles on the service. Second is Longform Picks, which surfaces the team at longform.org's favorite long form content. Readability says that it's worked hard to ensure that the Top Reads articles are ones that users are thoroughly engaged in, rather than judging popularity by page views alone — the average time spent on each Top Reads article is over four minutes.
The team is also touting a few UI and performance enhancements to match the improved content discovery methods. It's introducing double-tap to scroll, which, as the the name suggests, lets you scroll through an article by double tapping on the display. Double-tap to scroll is essentially Readability's answer to calls for pagination in articles, as double-tapping will effectively scroll down to the next 'page' of content. Finally, syncing articles marked as Read Later is up to eight times faster in version 1.1, dependent on which iOS device you're using.
Readability for iOS 1.1 is available now as a free download from the app store.