Earlier this week we speculated that Tumblr was close to adding support for the iPad and, two days after introducing tablet support for Android, the iOS app has finally been updated to support the Apple tablet device.

It’s been a long wait for iPad owners, who have been forced to use the service via the browser. The new update is pretty much as you’d expect but it does include a new sidebar navigation, a delightful Path-like circular menu and support for markdown. Most importantly, it is significantly faster than the browser since the iOS app is native.

Using the app on the iPad includes the regular niceties that iPhone users have come to love, such as quick reblogging by holding down a button, etc. From just a few minutes of play, it’s cleat that Tumblr is exactly the kind of service that the iPad was made to use.

tumblr3 520x693 Tumblr for iOS finally gets iPad support, featuring Path like explore menu, markdown support

Quality of service on the light blogging service has been an issue of late and it has struggled with outages. Most notably a worm caused havoc after causing a number of users’ blogs to publish spam posts earlier this month.

Nonetheless,Tumblr remains hugely popular as a bridge between social media sites and ‘proper’ blogging platforms. The company is currently seeing 20 billion page views per month, according to its most recent data.

➤ Tumblr for iOS

More screenshots are in the gallery below (click on an image to enlarge it):

Related: Tumblr goes ‘native’ on iOS with redesigned app featuring new dashboard, notifications and more

Hat tip @Aulia for pointing this out, image via twid / Flickr