City Guides by National Geographic has just been updated for iOS 7.
Released five months ago, City Guides by National Geographic offers comprehensive travel guides for four of the most famous tourist destinations in the world: London, Paris, Rome, and New York.
The app is a free download, and it offers the following features for free: practical travel information (e.g., live weather, up-to-date currency exchange rates, and conversion tables), shareable facts, a favorites section for saving items, and a selection of photographs shot in the typically beautiful National Geographic manner.
The following premium features may be unlocked via in-app purchase ($4.99 for each city, $12.99 for all four cities):
- Walks: Explore the best of each city through mapped routes chosen by National Geographic editors.
- What to Do: We’ve compiled the ultimate do-not-miss list of places to visit, things to see, and experiences to have.
- Photos: Get city-specific tips on taking the best pictures—plus, flip through a larger gallery of stunning city shots.
- My Itineraries: Create and share custom, mapped itineraries.
- Secrets: Get a behind-the-scenes look with little known facts and hidden gems.
As mentioned, City Guides by National Geographic has just received its iOS 7 update. Note, though, that the app hasn’t been updated with a significantly redesigned interface that matches the look and feel of iOS 7. Which is just as well, since the app’s interface, designed by Rally Interactive, is already quite beautiful, thank you very much.
Rather, the app’s iOS 7 update delivers a number of improvements to make the app work better on the new operating system.
First off, accessing the main menu has been simplified and differentiated from Control Center in iOS 7. Now, instead of swiping up from the bottom of the screen to open the main menu, you can just tap the upward-pointing triangle. You can also swipe it up, sure, but it’s not so near the bottom of the screen as to accidentally trigger Control Center.
The app now also supports iOS 7′s left-edge swipe for navigating back to the previous screen. This works particularly well with the app’s new menu stacking animation.
In addition, unit pickers in the app’s conversion section are now rendered in iOS 7′s style. And background multitasking now finishes downloading photos even if you leave the app.