Declared in our original review as “an innovative new way to get the news of the day in an easy-to-digest format,” Circa News has just received an update containing a lot of enhancements. And I do mean a lot.

As a matter of a fact, the latest update to Circa News is the app’s first major update since, well, the beginning time. Or at least since its release in mid-October last year.

Circa News is a different kind of news reader in that it offers news coverage that’s to-the-point yet still factual and comprehensive. It does so with the help of its team of editors, who gather top news stories and break them down to the essential points: facts, quotes, photos, and maps.

To learn more about how the app works, read my colleague Christine’s review of Circa News.

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Now, to learn more about the app’s latest update, do read on …

As I’ve mentioned, Circa News’ latest update brings a lot of enhancements, foremost of which is its design refresh.

“We’ve gone over every pixel with a fine toothed comb,” say the folks behind Circa News. “The entire app’s design has been cleaned up and we think it looks great! In addition to some of the design changes, we’ve also made some improvements to the fonts in an attempt to further improve readability.”

To be sure, the changes in the app’s design may not be immediately apparent, as most of them are but subtle adjustments. Overall, though, they make for a more pleasing news reading experience.

Circa News

The update also introduces the featured story marquee, which highlights multiple stories, as opposed to just one, in a certain category.

Also included in the update: sharing via email, loading indicator, pull-to-refresh, swipe-to-go-back, mark-as-read for followed stories, and unfollowing of stories with just a swipe.

The update also delivers a bunch of bug fixes and miscellaneous improvements, which are detailed in the latest post on the official Circa News blog.

Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later, the new version of Circa News is available now in the App Store for free.