Hyper, the handsome and well curated video magazine app for iPad and Apple TV — is now available on iPhone — albeit in a slightly different form. The premise is still the same: everyday Hyper's team of curators dip a big net into the internet's enormous pool of video content and deliver what amounts to the catch of the day to your iDevice. With the new iPhone app, this takes the form of a daily-delivered top-10, with an option (free for now) to automatically download the content (note: possibly not all the content as Hyper is still working on growing their offline video library) so they're ready to be played offline the next day — a nice touch for commuters and those who are connection challenged throughout the day.
Hyper for iPhone looks and acts just as nice as it does on the iPad and Apple TV — it's a simple, fluid, and attractive design that makes watching and sharing the app's content easy and enjoyable. For iPhone 6s users, Peek is supported allowing for easy previews, and users can swipe right on any video to add to a "Watch Later" list. Thanks to background preloading, tap a video and it starts playing instantly. Scrub your way through by sliding your finger across the screen, share via the iOS share sheet, or if you're curious — find out more about the video's publisher. Slide down with a finger to close out and return to your top-10.
All of it feels so nice and free of friction, with a couple of caveats. First, where Hyper on iPad and Apple TV allow users to go back and look through an "archive" of previous daily editions — on the iPhone you're stuck with today's top-10 only, excepting whatever you may have added to your "Watch Later" list. Second, about that "Watch Later" list — it doesn't sync between devices, so if you find something you like on the iPhone you'll need to find it again or at least hope to find it again on the iPad (which also offers a "Watch Later" list) and Apple TV (which doesn't). Essentially with Hyper we have three platforms, three apps — none of them connected — which is a little odd.
Easily making up for anything remotely negative about the app itself is Hyper's content: it's fantastic. Hyper's team invariably brings something informative, interesting, funny, or just plain beautiful to watch on a daily basis, and that's true regardless of the platform. Hyper's not so useful omission of "Watch Later" sync is a small annoyance, but still — get Hyper: it's always worth checking in to see the latest offerings, and now with the new iPhone app — it's easier than ever to do so.
Hyper requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.