Official Wikipedia app heads to the iPhone

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Wikipedia is the latest service to make an appearance on the iPhone as the online encyclopaedia's parent company has launched an offical app.

Other developers have previously created apps that help users access Wikipedia's content when on the move, but this app dubbed Wikipedia Mobile - is the first one to officially come from the site's stable.

Users can already access the site's three-million-plus article base using the iPhone's Safari browser, but the Wikimedia Foundation claims that this app will make accessing such information even easier for users.

"This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there," states the blurb accompanying the app on the App Store.

"The app is focused on being very simple and very fast. Over time, we'll add features based on requests."

The foundation is also calling on the programming community to get involved and help move the app forward.

Click here for our timeline of the Apple App Store's first year.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.