At long last, The New Yorker Magazine, the universal iOS app of the renowned weekly of the same name, has been optimized for iPhone 5.

It’s a development that had been long-overdue.

The New Yorker Magazine for iPhone was released in August last year, almost two years after the launch of its original iPad version. The iPhone 5 was then launched in September, followed by the fifth-generation iPod touch the next month.

But it’s only now that the reading-intensive app has been updated to fully support the 4-inch Retina display of the iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch. Look, ma, no more black bars!

The app has also been updated with fixes for issues with background downloads for both its iPhone and iPad editions.

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The New Yorker Magazine offers the following features:

  • A video introduction to The New Yorker app for iPhone, featuring Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm (iPhone only)
  • Multimedia, including video, audio, infographics, slide shows, archival articles, and primary source documents
  • Sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and via e-mail
  • A weekly slide show of all the current issue’s cartoons, plus five archival bonus cartoons per issue
  • Entry in the Cartoon Caption Contest directly from the app
  • Links to updated web content, for perspectives on the news of the day
  • Place-holding within articles
  • Multiple navigation tools

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, The New Yorker Magazine is available in the App Store as a free Newsstand app. One-month and one-year auto-renewable subscriptions are offered in the app for $5.99 and $59.99, respectively.

The New Yorker Magazine is included in AppAdvice’s Best Newsstand Magazine Apps for iPad AppGuide.